Code Name: Geronimo Reviews
I like the multiple storylines. It's a shame the SEALs who are the main focus never develop much of a story, but that would likely have stranded in a more propaganda-y feel for the movie and even more stereotypes associated with this sort of movie anyway, and I think we got something better in return. The intelligence efforts in the top of the CIA are a good change of pace from the scenes where the SEALs practice, and the third storyline about the two undercover agents stationed in Pakistan gives us probably the two most likeable characters in the movie, even though they do not do all that much.
The action is pretty solid and to the point, with the amount of cool action movie moves and shots kept to a minimum. The special effects are almost completely unnoticeable, which is a good thing, especially in a movie like this. The acting is wooden in some parts, and even kind of annoying in "childish guy who doesn't want a woman to get promoted over him", but only kind of. Overall it holds up well enough not to take away anything of the experience.
This picture does not make me think "wow", it doesn't make me want to watch it again or learn more about it, but it did entertain me as a solidly made movie that keeps the viewer's attention, ties all its stories into a single ending and pays off with what it promised. It lacks the clumsiness many TV or DVD movies have or even show off a bit too proudly, and it's worth its runtime to fans of semi-realistic intelligence and/or war movies.
#1: it portraits the side of the story not shown on Zero Dark Thirty
#2: pretty sure the invasion sequence was more accurate than the one from ZDT.
Its innevitable the comparison between it and The Oscar Contender. I just thought this picture was made in a way that, with good direction, decent acting and what looked to be the same recording locations, it managed to be something like an extention for ZDT. And a good watch just by itself.
The outlook is very dusty, not much cinematic filter involved and it does a good job on giving a natural look. Think of it like Bourne franchise without the crisp camera effect or a FPS video games' campaign. It trails the development of searching for Osama and finally the execution of the operation. William Fichtner as the leading agent has a convincing performance, he provides the movie with authority figure. Robert Knepper (T-Bag in Prison Break) is average in the role, he's a good actor, but not all of his roles are that interesting, this one included.
As the matter of fact, everyone seems so obvious. From the matrimonially challenged squad leader, potty mouth gunner, and brass womanizers, they are all predictable as army clichés and not much more. Xzibit gives a bit of star quality for mainstream audience, he's not bad but still trapped in grunt role. Half of the movie is the intelligent acquiring process, both within the CIA and the two field agents. These are not as entertaining, and lacking of tension. Their life-threatening situation in enemy's territory or the risky decision making in the headquarters could be more thrilling and better paced.
Some situations are highlighted with realistic combat, these parts are video game- like, although the camera take is a bit confusing. You have continuously changing views from shooter to shooter, but the action is frantically fast and isn't choreographed that well. It results in a frenzy, albeit it's maybe what real combat is, but it's too frazzled to differentiate who does what to whom. Taking its long preceding preparation into account, it's quite a shame that it doesn't end in a more riveting way.
It should have focused primarily as a documentary than tried to adapt itself into a semi blockbuster, which it is not.