So I should probably begin this review with a disclaimer: I work in politics. And I’m probably one of the more politically active folks you’ll come across, which is saying a lot here in D.C. That said, I’m reviewing this movie objectively. I’m keeping my bias out and talking about the film as whole. So no political opinions below. Promise.
With the Republican Convention last week and Democratic Convention wrapping up this week, what better time to review one of this year’s most talked about movies. Note, I didn’t say political movies – the buzz that surrounds “2016: Obama’s America” is up there with “The Dark Knight Rises.” This movie has both Parties, and even those walking up the middle of the aisle, talking.
Thus, it should come as no surprise that directors Dinesh D’Souza and John Sullivan released this film when they did – the week before the Republican Convention. And their success it not because of this country’s political polarities, but rather because they tapped into a deep well of curiosity and concern among ordinary Americans about what’s going on in our country. At the core of that curiosity, D’Souza and Sullivan want you to question the man elected four years ago to run our country, a man many find aloof and hard to understand.
D’Souza, also the film’s narrator, asserts that there’s much we don’t know about the president. That mainstream media has failed to scrutinize him they way they have other politicians. Which is in part the reason why he made the film.
The simplest explanation – “2016″ is a documentary that examines the question, “what if Barack Obama wins a second term? Where will America be in 2016?”
“2016″ obviously can’t predict the future. And while it postulates that if Obama wins a second term America will take a turn for the worse, we certainly can’t be sure that’s the case. Either way, these “what-if” scenarios will get you thinking about where America is and where it’s going next.
The verdict: Bottom line, this is an interesting film regardless of your political point of view. It ventures into the biographical unknown of one of the world’s most iconic figures – President Obama. So lean right, lean left, it doesn’t matter. This is definitely a box-office must-see.
Opened: August 24, 2012
Director: Dinesh D’Souza, John Sullivan
Starring: Dinesh D’Souza and Barack Obama