With hit documentary Super Size Me, and three seasons of 30 Days behind him, Morgan Spurlock apparently had to think of something bigger to put his girlfriend through. What could be better than heading off to the Middle East, ostensibly looking for Osama Bin Laden? Enter Where In The World Is Osama Bin Laden?
Morgan heads off to make this film, leaving his seven-month-pregnant, long-suffering girlfriend behind. The idea being that he’s heading out to try to make the world a safer place for the coming Spurlock heir. He travels through Greece, Egypt, Morocco and Saudi Arabia doing interviews with citizens about how they view the world, and The West in particular. The PR leading up the Sundance premiere of the film played up the fact that a simple film maker could have done what the entire US military failed to do. Apparently he was able to secure interviews with people who knew the man, though.
It sounds like it could have some potential, but after 10 minutes with Google, I’m not sure. I checked the reviews at Rotten Tomatoes, and most of the big name critics panned it in a big way. 33% approval rating, which is still better than the Rotten Tomatoes rating for Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed at least.
I’ve added the film to my queue over at zip.ca, and if it ends up playing the theatre near my house, I might just take the chance. Documentaries can be a tough thing to gauge based solely off reviews; I’ve really enjoyed some critical failures, so why not this one?