Code Name: Geronimo (2012)
Average Rating: 4.8/10
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Workhorse director John Stockwell takes us along on the hunt for 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden in this intense docudrama following the fearless U.S. Navy SEALs who raided the heavily-fortified compound occupied by the world's most wanted terrorist. As top military leaders narrow their search for bin Laden to a massive Pakistani compound, the Pentagon realizes this may be their one chance to capture the man they've been hunting for over a decade. Though consequences of a surprise American
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Triumphalism is avoided, but the Seals' macho talk and a brutal fight between the two competitors for leadership of the assault team strike a false note.
Code Name: Geronimo is a film whose defects are entirely balanced by its positive aspects.
As a thriller, it is cack-handed and boring, and as a drama it is badly acted and utterly incurious about what it was really like to be one of the soldiers who took part - relying abjectly on cliches.
The film like the operation is efficient, well-co-ordinated, dead-eyed.
A serviceable action thriller elevated by the presence of William Fichtner as a CIA agent leading the manhunt.
It's a workmanlike account of events that acted as a sort of universal closure for a gung-ho America which convinced itself that you really could wage a war against terrorism.
The lead-up is hokey and unconvincing, as the filmmakers strain to inscribe personality on a cast of ciphers through hackneyed backstories and substantial guesswork.
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