Movie Review – SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden (2013)

Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden
Directed by John Stockwell
Courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment
Release Date: January 8, 2013


Interestingly enough, this film is directed by the infamous Cougar from TOP GUN; Cougar, if you will remember, was the pilot that “lost it” at the beginning of the film and turned in his wings, thus giving Maverick (Tom Cruise) the opportunity to trek to Miramar. But…this isn’t a review about TOP GUN, although this does pertain to another military film. SEAL TEAM SIX is vivid (although condensed) retelling of the events that led up to the actual raid on bin Laden’s compound. And even though you might already know the specifics of the story, seeing it in action is something else.

If you are not familiar with SEAL TEAM SIX, here is the plot courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment:

A break in the manhunt for Osama bin Laden serves as the backdrop for the gripping story about an extraordinary group of U.S. Navy SEALs who undertake the mission of a lifetime. Despite inconclusive evidence that bin Laden is inside the compound, and ignoring the ramifications of an unannounced attack on Pakistani soil, the Pentagon orders the attack. SEAL Team Six bands together in the most daring military operation of our generation, completing their mission of justice in a riveting final showdown.

This story has interested me ever since it was made public by the Justice Department. I first caught this film on the National Geographic Channel back in November of last year (well, 2012 anyway), I really enjoyed it. So you can imagine how excited I was when I found out Anchor Bay was going to distribute it. I jumped at the opportunity to check it out on Blu-ray and it certainly does not disappoint!

SEAL TEAM SIX is shot very well and the acting is pretty good. The film boasts a long list of talent, including Cam Gigandet, Anson Mount, Xzibit, and more. The production value of the film looks fairly high and overall, everything looks good onscreen.

What really makes the film for me, however, is the depiction of the raid itself. The scenes are gritty and raw, with several shots from the first-person POV that puts you right into the action. It’s also interesting to see how much the team trained for the specific insertion itself and the painstaking lengths they went to to ensure no women or children were killed by accident. This is a true testament to the power and might of the SEAL program.

SEAL TEAM SIX is a definite win for me and it’s an epic depiction of what really happened in reality. I would wager that this might even be fit for classrooms, to show history students how it went down. Regardless, it is a heck of a film and one definitely worth seeing. Give it a look when it hits shelves tomorrow.


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