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Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden? (2 stars)

(12A) 89min

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Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?

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Having successfully supersized his career by eating way too many Big Macs, Morgan Spurlock has let fame go to his head or maybe he’s just contracted a bout of mad cow disease. His new documentary sees the campaigner try to do what the American military has been unable to achieve, despite the billions of dollars spent amid years of operations: find Osama Bin Laden.

Even more than was the case with Super Size Me, Spurlock’s latest documentary is one long ego-trip. Little attempt is made to actually find Bin Laden. Instead, Spurlock ventures to Egypt, Morocco, Afghanistan and Pakistan to show how the Muslim population living there are by-and-large ordinary folks concerned with raising their families and making a living: people just like average American. When he meets less than accommodating hosts; the local Haredim in Israel and Saudi schoolteachers, Spurlock lets these characters off the hook all too easily. He’s not as incisive or politically astute as his obvious model Michael Moore and it’s soon pretty clear that the opportunistic presenter has nothing new to say about the war on terror.

The action starts with news that his partner Alexandra is pregnant and Spurlock claims that to make the world a safer place for his child he must find Bin Laden. It’s a poor conceit. The only point of showing Alexandra is that her growing bump gives some inkling of the time the occasionally humorous Spurlock has wasted on this folly.

Selected release from Fri 9 May.

Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?

  • 2 stars
  • 2008
  • US/France
  • 89 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Morgan Spurlock
  • Written by: Jeremy Chilnick, Morgan Spurlock

Spurlock's new documentary, in which the campaigner tries to find Osama Bin Laden, is one long ego-trip. Little attempt is made to actually find him; instead Spurlock ventures to Egypt, Morocco, Afghanistan and Pakistan to show how the Muslim population living there are by-and-large ordinary folks concerned with raising…

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