September Tapes (2004)
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Critic Reviews for September Tapes
Eventually collapses under the weight of its no-budget arrogance, but it goes some interesting places beforehand.
Johnston's rough-hewn handheld footage generates a sense of dread as a defining force behind the camera, more concrete than any onscreen images.
Afghanistan shouldn't be used as a backdrop for some director's selfish attempt at provocation.
The film itself still feels faked, and its calculated exploitation of some real tragedies may be the most unbelievable thing of all.
The whole notion of exploiting a war and its victims to shoot a commercial feature is reprehensible.
Audience Reviews for September Tapes
An interesting idea, but it is delivered in that fake documentary, shakey, hand-held video camera style. Good footage of the Afghanistan/Pakistan countryside, and some pretty good combat scenes...but the entire reason that he was supposed to be there was lost to me. Had he lost his mind? All he really accomplished was to be the cause of more senseless killings. I have to say, though, that I was left with a sickened feeling after watching this..even knowing all along that it wasn't real.
One of my favorite movies of all time believe it or not. This movie draws you in from the beginning, and since it is films on location in the Middle East, you find yourself forgetting that it is a mockumentary and not a documentary. Mocku/Documentaries are my favorite genre, and this is one of the best.. When I go to rent a movie I intentionally skip past the major titles to the bottom shelf to find gems like this..
[img]http://us.movies1.yimg.com/movies.yahoo.com/images/hv/photo/movie_pix/first_look_pictures/september_tapes/september1.jpg[/img] September Tapes is a film that claims to be a documentary to sucker you in, but instead is a poorly acted, unrealistic movie that takes advantage of a very serious event. When September 11th happened, I know everyone who had a soul in The US was deeply saddened and wanted nothing more then to catch the horrible people who took 3,000 innocent lives. In this "documentary," filmmaker Don Larsen, who in real life is George Calil, is on a mission to hunt down Osama Bin Laden with a translator/guide, and a 16 year old cameraman. Only this "documentary" doesn't even border reality. Somehow, these three men are the only Westerners to make it as far as they have come, and throughout the film we see them act as soldiers themselves as they try and shoot down Afghani rebels to get to their ultimate goal of tracking down Osami Bin Laden. It gets to the point where Larsen actually has a camera in one hand, and is shooting with the other, making it look more like a first-person shooter video game, then an expedition to try and get some answers on the whereabouts of Bin Laden. 9/11 is a very drastic event that should be taken pretty seriously and the last thing I want are some C-rate actors making a mochary of it to make some money. I'm sure their intention wasn't to piss people off, but the fact that they claim for the film to be a documentary when it really isn't, makes September Tapes a shitty war version of [i]The Blair Witch Project, [/i]and frankly, I'm not impressed.
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