A force of nature himself, Harvey Weinstein did not let impending Hurricane Sandy deter his plan for a screening of Seal Team Six in Washington, said director John Stockwell at a post-storm screening hosted by Peggy Siegal in New York this week. "Harvey likes to stir things up," he said. Wanting to insure that key political figures would see the dramatization of the real life hunt for Osama Bin Laden and raid that ended in his death, to air on the National Geographic channel on Sunday night, his plan is to show the film in time for Tuesday's election.
Reflecting his own politics, the film features footage of our tux-adorned president addressing the audience at the 2011 White House Correspondents' Dinner, coolly cracking jokes as if the drama were not taking place. While the movie highlights the lives and expert training of the men who accomplished the Pakistan raid so successfully, Barack Obama shines.
The director brought with him Kathleen Robertson who plays Vivian Hollins, a CIA analyst whose role is reminiscent of Judi Dench in the James Bond movies, supervising from afar. But hers is the head that will roll if the operation goes awry. Even though you know how it will turn out, the film is a thriller, and a reminder of the key role our president played in taking Bin Laden out as he promised he would, even as he does not toot his own horn on this matter.
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