Our friends out at Lionsgate sent over a copy of something especially timely, as the Presidential election in the United States is just a few weeks away. They sent over a copy of “2016: Obama’s America,” and whether or not this is a fairy tale come true or a horror story beyond reckoning for each voter, it’s going to give plenty of reason to stop and take notice.
“2016: Obama’s America” not only examines the history of America, but also through the history of the guy behind a large part of the movie. With a quick, cursory look at the history in hand, the movie then looks at the first term–and possibly the last term–of President Barack Obama. Then, he not only looks at the Obama administration, but then extrapolates that administration outward into 2016, a 2016 that assumes a second term for Obama. The end result is stark, and an image meant to be found disturbing.
This isn’t the first political movie that’s been released this year, nor is it likely to be the last. But given that, in just the first minute, the movie declares itself based on the books “The Roots of Obama’s Rage” and “Obama’s America”, written by Dinesh D’Souza, it’s a safe bet that there might be just the faintest whiff of bias on this one. But there can be no doubt that “2016: Obama’s America” is going to be a very, very in-depth look at things. D’Souza, parenthetically, is the former president of The King’s College in New York, and has written several books on a variety of topics, though doesn’t come without a few notes of controversy in his own right.
It’s hard not to be disturbed by what comes out of “2016: Obama’s America.” While the conclusions drawn by the film may not be accurate, they are plausible. In fact, they are disturbingly plausible, as they seldom come without some kind of backing to them. Granted, drawing a conclusion, even from backing, can often be a contentious picture, and the last few minutes of the film will show that nicely. The potential is terrifying–starkly so–because it is so likely, but even in a 2012 Obama re-election, it is only a potential. D’Souza’s look at a future “Obama America” depends greatly on several factors, beginning with a Congress so compliant that it serves only as a rubber stamp for Obama’s wishes to a complete lack of retaliation from Israel as it finds itself engulfed by what the film terms “the United States of Islam”.
The movie itself, however, is par for the course as documentaries go, packed with graphics and interviews, both by phone and in person. It’s standard fare, perhaps so downright sinister because of its sheer implications for both the United States and the world at large, but still, every inch a documentary, perhaps delivered up with some bias–not much different than those of Michael Moore but from a different side of the aisle–but still delivered in a clear and stark fashion that allows for maximum understanding to emerge therefrom.
Whether or not you consider this entertaining, meanwhile, is probably an individual choice and really not even the right question–when’s the last time a documentary was entertaining outside of “Jiro Dreams of Sushi?” Still, for information, presented in a clear and concise fashion, “2016: Obama’s America” will do a sound job of putting it forth.