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Randy's Review - '2016: Obama's America'
Documentary looks at history, sources of president's ideology
I know what you're going to say before I even start this review: "Oh sure, the right wing guy reviews the anti-Obama movie. Bet this one's going to get five buckets."
Wrong. Believe me, although often informative, I'm not a big fan of documentaries, and I've viewed many. C'mon. It was opening night of the NFL season. Where do you think I really wanted to be? Nevertheless, I hit the cinema for a 9:10 late showing of a film looking into the history and sources the filmmakers attempt to use to explain the ideology of President Barack Obama.
Gerald R. Molen, producer of Academy Award winner Schindler's List, brings to light many of the people in mentorship roles and friendships with Obama, with a strong focus on his wayward father's influence on him.
The film is directed, written and narrated by Dinesh D'Souza. Born in Mumbai, India, D'Souza came to the U.S. as an exchange student and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College in 1983. From there he went on to work in the Reagan White House as a policy analyst.
In 2010 he released "The Roots of Obama's Rage," the basis for the film. In the same year, he was named the president of The King's College, in New York City.
D'Souza travels to several locations including Hawaii, Kenya -- the birthplace of Barack Obama, Sr. -- Washington, D.C., and includes interviews with the president's brother, historians and experts on the Middle East, to try and get a handle on what drives Obama's policy decisions. He speaks with people who knew both Obama Jr. and Sr. and people with insight into the family dynamic and his association and friendships with those deemed radical leftists, communists and terrorists. D'Souza uses passages from the president's own memoir, "Dreams From My Father," read by the president himself, to illustrate points.
D'Souza claims the president sees America through a different lens than other Americans, and suggests we haven't seen the real Obama yet. But we will if he gets a second term with nothing to lose; America will take a gigantic step towards socialism.
The ultimate message, which he wraps into the final 15 minutes of the film after building his case, is a look at what D'Souza believes America will look like in 2016 if the president is elected for a second term. As you might suspect, it's not good.
The film is intriguing. And it will definitely generate conversation on both sides of the aisle. With both conventions in the books, it's a movie that will cause outrage among Obama's supporters and cheers from the GOP and conservative-leaning independents.
I don't know if the traditional action junkie or romantic comedy filmgoers need to race out and see it on the big screen; but folks with political interests might want to get a mixed political gathering together for a screening just for discussion's sake.