Next year, movie audiences will see a film about U.S. forces hunting down one of the most despicable men in modern history.
No, we’re not talking about Saddam Hussein. “Killing Osama bin Laden” tracks down the radical Muslim who helped usher in the modern age of terrorism.
Conservatives are incensed that the film is slated to hit theaters roughly a month before the 2012 presidential election. And rightly so. The movie will clearly be an unofficial boost to President Barack Obama’s hopes for re-election.
There’s technically nothing wrong with that from a strictly movie perspective. I’ll let others dissect the possible legal ramifications of the release date. It’s the faux nonpartisan spin emanating from the studio behind the project that reeks of insincerity.
Big Hollywood offered a great solution today – the filmmakers behind the movie should ask the studio to delay the film’s release until after the elections if there’s truly no ideological axe to grind.
Here’s my beef – why did it take so long for the “Osama” movie to hit theaters in the first place? Were the filmmakers really waiting for the King of All Terrorists to get his comeuppance? That could have taken another decade.Why not make the movie last year or, gulp, during the Bush administration if the project truly focused on the troops and not the politics behind his kill or capture?
And where is the Hussein huntin’ movie? Isn’t there a great story to tell with his rise and fall? He ran a country into the ground, sparked several wars, slaughtered his own civilians and his capture was one of the biggest military successes in recent memory.
Nothing to dramatize there? Not a thing?