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The last sequence is the most problematic with its 'Blair witch project' feel, toooo many night sequences! The parts that feel 'real' mix with the parts that are just too obviously staged. For one the RPG's being fired at them!
But why do many call this the 'worst film' or 'how not to shoot a film'? This a disservice, as is calling it the 'osama witch project'. The clear reasoning behind the deep seated hatred for the film is accusations that it is 'jingoistic' which is a pure fabrication given that the 'translator' spend the first third of the film explaining how we must 'understand the terrorist demands'.
Great footage of Afghanistan. Truly realistic scenes of dealing with problems in other countries. It is a highly recommended film. It is not as 'bad' as everyone claims. Most will get through 2/3 of the footage with the feeling it is real, only about 1/3 has serious problems. A truly brave and original concept.
Seth J. Frantzman
A lot of the criticism of this movie in these reviews is pointless. For example, many call it "stupid" to take a film crew into Afghanistan. Who cares what you think? Whether or not the crew did something dangerous should be of no concern to a viewer. Repeat after me, "I am not the moviemaker's mother. (Repeat)."
A second stupid criticism is that the movie disgraces people who died on 9/11. Let me get this straight -- a fictional movie about the aftermath of 9/11 is offensive, but (I presume you would argue) our very own country basing an entire war, resulting in the deaths of tens of thousands of civilians and two thousand Americans, on phony-baloney associations between 9/11 and Saddam Hussein is patriotic? And for what, to show the world how serious we are about 9/11? You people need to go to school -- ask the teachers for an education in rational thinking, because your teachers thus far have failed you, and you are evidently not capable of educating yourselves.
The film begins with a reporter Don Larson (George Calil) aboard a plane destined for Kabul. His goal is to capture video coverage of the Al-Qaeda operatives and to possibly get in on the bounty for Bin Laden. He is young, exuberant and bold in his pursuit of the men he believes to be responsible for the 9/11 attacks and he does not back down from questioning by Afghani supporters of the attacks. Larson places himself and his crew into all sorts of hairy predicaments fully aware that his life is at stake such as an arms deal gone wrong, an ambush by Afghani police and a shoot out with unknown assailants in the complex mountain areas bordering Pakistan. Acting as Larson's interpreter is Wali Razaqi, an American of Afghani descent and the often unseen camera man follows their every move. The footage is both chilling and authentic and the actors bravely insane.
Although the filming style of this movie is its draw I found the writing to be absolutely effective. The characters are allowed to be more than war mongers in pursuit of blood. The script allows for Calil to be the action hero as well as a very vulnerable and afraid man. Calil is excellent in this role and stepped out on a limb in order to play it. But it is the ending of this film that really hits home and ties the tangled web together with more than just tape.
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