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Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden? (2008)

Morgan Spurlock , Alexandra Jamieson , Morgan Spurlock  |  PG-13 |  DVD
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  • Actors: Morgan Spurlock, Alexandra Jamieson
  • Directors: Morgan Spurlock
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: The Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: August 26, 2008
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018PH3NI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,559 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?" on IMDb

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Morgan Spurlock, who hilariously Super Size-ed himself to take down the American fast-food diet, sets his sights on the country s biggest enemy in similarly comic fashion. Armed only with a hasty round of survival training, a camera, and his trademark moustache, Spurlock searches the Middle East s mosques, malls, schools, and caves for public enemy #1. From Saudi Arabia to Pakistan to Israel, he interviews ordinary people and experts on all sides of the Middle East conflict, with results that are both funny and thought-provoking.

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, Sad, Satirical, Captivating-- A Must See! July 29, 2008
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Morgan takes you places (the Middle East, N. Africa, Afghanistan) that most U.S. citizens would be afraid visit. He talks to common workers, college students, intellectuals, diplomats, U.S. soldiers, and the extremely wealthy. He gets invited to several of their homes. Just seeing how people live, what they think of us, what they want for their future, that would make a good film because these people will surprise you. It's also telling who rebuffs him, and it makes you shake your head both at his naive persistence and their attitudes. Morgan is very funny. He gets caught in some difficult, dangerous and absurd situations, and shows us something we didn't know about ourselves and others.

I don't usually like to watch a film twice, but I would see this one again in a heartbeat.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HMMMMMMM. May 20, 2009
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I thought this documentary was pretty good as I like this kinda stuff anyway. The thing that I found most interesting was the fact that almost all the Muslim people and Palestinians and Egyptians were very friendly towards Spurlock (some even inviting him to eat with them) while when trying to talk to the Jews, they were very beligerent and even acting on the brink of violence towards him. I am not an anti-Semite, it just makes me rethink my opinions on who are the actual instigators in the long running conflict between Isreal and Palestine. So even though a lot of Middle Easterners stated that they hate America, their hatred is towards the American government (Good riddance, Bush!!) and not towards the American people. At least Obama is trying to act more civilized torward them. The moral of the story seems to be "Don't judge a whole race or religion by the actions of a handful of kooks!"
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wild yet mostly thoughtful ride September 4, 2008
By Viva
Format:DVD
Morgan Spurlock takes a wild ride through several Middle Eastern countries in a somewhat comedic attempt to find OBL, encountering people with varying points of view on terrorism, OBL's whereabouts, American foreign policy, and other issues of interest. Despite the funny video game elements and the crazy questions, there is a (mostly) thoughtful and serious undertone to all of this.

The facts are these: OBL has not been found, Al Qaeda is still strong and probably growing, the war on terror is not working, and current policies are not effective. Sowing more discord throughout an already troubled region is not going to help any of us now or in the long run.

This is not as strong as some of Spurlock's previous work, but it is worth a look for its relevant subject matter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars From McDonalds to Islam... September 15, 2008
By Arvin
Format:DVD
Oh Morgan Spurlock, what a great film maker. This movie was pretty good, in that it could have only used a bit more of the title in the film itself. While it did turn into more of a 'understanding of radical islam,' it still was very interesting. I think my favorite part is where he talks to a mosque preacher in Saudi who was railing against christianity and the USA; some very interesting thoughts there...Well, I definitley recommend this film to anyone who wants an educational and entertaining view of the middle east.
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Where In The World Is Osama Bin Laden? is another film by the highly creative and rather brave Morgan Spurlock. Although the film has its flaws, it makes some extremely good points about human nature and how people who seem to be so different from us are actually much more similar to us than we may have thought. The cinematography works very well throughout the film. These cameramen did an excellent job; they shot over 800 hours of footage in order to make this film! (Now that's an editing job!) Morgan doesn't really need to act much in this movie; he's on a quasi-serious mission to find Osama Bin Laden. I think he knew from the start that he was making a film about people we may fear when we don't need to fear them; I doubt that he was actually expecting Bin Laden to come jumping out of a cave somewhere and say, "OK, Morgan, here I am! I surrender!"

We first see Morgan preparing for his trip. He gets more injections than I could count; and he takes some training exercises to be able to protect himself against grenade bombs, would-be assassins and more. He also has to leave his pregnant wife behind him but he promises her that he'll be back in time for their baby to be born.

Once Morgan gets where he's going, he asks people questions. In fact, he asks a lot of questions. We get fascinating interviews with people on the street and there are more interviews with some other people who were kind enough to let Morgan Spurlock into their homes. Morgan frequently, if not always, asks them their opinion of America, Israel, Osama Bin Laden and more. We often see people saying that they have nothing against the American people; but wow, how they hate the American government.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loses Focus But Still A Good Documentary April 5, 2009
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Not quite up to Morgan Spurlock's superlative documentary Super Size Me, WHERE IN THE WORLD IS OSAMA BIN LADEN is still topical and interesting. Where Super Size Me had a distinct focus, this newest documentary loses that. Let me explain...

Initially set up as a means to make the world a safer place for Morgan, his mate, and their future child, Morgan sets out to find bin Laden so that he can help the world become a safer place. Knowing that the U.S. has spent billions of dollars and countless soldier hours looking for this elusive, tall, dialysized jihadist, Morgan figures maybe all it'll take is one determined future father.

Scouring the globe as if he were Carmen Sandiego(Everyone gets that analogy, right? No? Look it up), Spurlock becomes a fearless explorer in and around the Middle East, searching for this dangerous killer. But what starts out as a journey of righteousness turns more into a discovery of the differences that divide the Muslim world from itself, from western religious doctrine, and from the policies of the U.S.. This is where things went a bit haywire for the film. Although most viewers will probably be forgiving of this since journeys like this often lead down other paths, it still felt awkward as Spurlock jumped around between political dignitaries, religious fanatics (on both sides), and U.S. ground-based troops in Afghanistan and how they felt about the war effort.

It is commendable that Spurlock used animation (like the aforementioned Carmen Sandiego) to get his point across.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see
This film does more to demystify the people of the middle east and Islamic terrorist than any other on the topic.
Published 2 months ago by Nic Wester
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Morgan Spurlock! He is very talented. I am a big documentary guy. I always try to get people to watch interesting documentaries but it seems nobody wants to learn anything. Read more
Published 7 months ago by C. Wayman
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Zero Dark Thirty
This is Morgan Spurlock's best film. If it sounded like an outrageous quest to begin with - Spurlock carries out his mission with conviction and does a serious and provocative job... Read more
Published 12 months ago by G. YEO
5.0 out of 5 stars Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden
This movie was much more than I expected. I was expecting to see a crazy guy traveling the world, looking everywhere for the "former" worlds #1 terrorist. Read more
Published 12 months ago by WingedHornet
3.0 out of 5 stars Michael Moore he is not
I liked Supersize Me so much that i got this.
It is interesting but this attempt fails to be a great documentary in the likes of Michael Moores. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Wayne
4.0 out of 5 stars Hide and Seek
I found this movie surprisingly profound and moving. I was expecting something more tongue-in-cheek and sarcastic even, something that was used to embarrass or expose, but that... Read more
Published on January 31, 2012 by bronx book nerd
4.0 out of 5 stars Abbottabad, Pakistan
The answer to "Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?" was "in a mansion in Abbottabad, Pakistan" but now the answer is "in a box, being crapped on my American soldiers".
Published on May 1, 2011 by tj walker
4.0 out of 5 stars Revealing - Shows Widespread Antagonism Towards the U.S.
"Where in the World is Osama Bin Ladin?" was made in 2008 and captures on film the Middle East's issues with hopelessness for young, jobless men, and the powerlessness of the... Read more
Published on April 27, 2011 by Loyd E. Eskildson
4.0 out of 5 stars A Look at the War on Terror Through the Eyes of Those Whose Countries...
Watching Morgan Spurlock examine a topic like terrorism with the same light-hearted and cheesy humor he used in "Super Size Me" was at times entertaining, and other times... Read more
Published on February 12, 2011 by Justin J. Norman
4.0 out of 5 stars serious documentary with humorous touches
Forget about Carmen Sandiego. What we really want to know is where in the world is Osama bin Laden? Read more
Published on December 9, 2010 by Roland E. Zwick
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