I saw this film this afternoon. I thought it was extremely well done. The producer/presenter researches Obama's biography back into his childhood avoiding the birth certificate issue, incidentally , for the sole purpose of trying to understand who/what influences have shaped Obama into the person that he is today. Then, after going through that analysis, it briefly recaps some of the key points of his presidency thus far and shows how his actions/decisions, in light of those influences actually make total sense. I don't mean "total sense" in that I necessarily agree with <more>
them, mind you, I just mean that, with this new understanding, his actions can be seen as part of a predictable pattern. The producer then goes on to project this understanding into what he thinks would be a likely result of an Obama second term, and the results seem quite plausible to me.I thought it was the most informative piece of journalism that I have ever seen about Obama. It was well worth the ticket price. The theater was jam-packed, but there wasn't one single sound the whole time the film was rolling. The audience was all dead quiet, rapt with attention and obviously very, very serious.I would highly recommend that you go see it.
A movie for Independent Thinking American Open-Minded (by debal_t)
This is balanced documentary film for independent thinker. As John F. Kennedy once said, and I quote. "A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people." This is Obama's vision for America. It talks about the people that influence his thinking. Excerpts from his memoir " Dreams from my father " were used to follow his journey from childhood to manhood. The setting goes from Hawaii; Indonesia; Kenya; United Kingdom; New York. It explains what his father's dream is all about and how it <more>
shaped his character. It shows the people that were his mentors; friends that he associates with.It also concisely explain in detail the action that he takes which confuses a lot of pundits especially the people who truly love this country USA whether they're liberals or conservatives. This is a riveting and thought-provoking movie. It shows where our country is headed. We can always agree and disagree with issues; we can even replace political majority from one party over another... but as an American; we only have one COUNTRY and it is IRREPLACEABLE.This is a MUST-SEE movie for open-minded individual. " Love him, Hate him but Do You Really Know HIM?
A Fair Review by Someone Who Actually Saw It (by an-imdb-reviewer)
Oh, where to begin? Hear me out as a non-partisan reviewer. Although labeled as a spoiler, I don't plan on giving a summary of the movie in a way that it would ruin it for you-- doubtful. Anyway, contrary to popular belief, this wasn't a "Republican propaganda film" or an anti-Obama "attack film", surprisingly. Before this film, I had not actually heard of Dinesh D'Souza; but I had seen movie reviews and heard a little more about him since its release. After seeing the preview for this documentary, I thought this film would be a complete joke and another one of <more>
those annoying, biased, full-of-distortions films. I was indeed wrong. Needless to say, I did not "pre-plan" my own personal review of the movie before even seeing it, like some people appeared to have done. The worse thing is reading these false reviews by people who clearly have not seen the documentary usually those people who write a long paragraph with a run-on sentence . Otherwise, they'd be glad to mention that Bush and Fox News had been given some blame by an interviewee. Politicians and like-minded people were not interviewed by D'Souza, which is refreshing in a political film! The movie starts out with the director D'Souza giving some background into the similar elements of his life and President Obama's, while providing insight on the roots of the President's life. We are talking about actual facts. D'Souza's background aside, he first began to talk about Obama Sr. and his voyage to the United States; eventually sharing the event in which President Obama's father and mother met. While doing so, he took the initiative in reaffirming the fact that President Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961-- again, facts here. D'Souza gave the history of Obama Sr. from the proper research he did, along with excerpts taken from Obama's "Dreams from My Father". The director began connecting Obama Sr. from place to place, family to family. A couple questions posed in the documentary were "how was President Obama so influenced by a father who he barely saw?" and "what were the things behind Obama's influences and beliefs?" NOTE: this review is property of the writer and not the property of this site; by allowing this review to be submitted, you agree to disregard this site's copyright and conditions, as this has been published elsewhere by the same author; thank you for understanding Call it whatever you want, but the director deemed it necessary to point out the book said "from my father", not "of my father"-- fair point, but not sure how worthy it is. The director left it there, so I believe he wanted the viewer to watch and think for themselves.Surprisingly, the director seemed to make a decent amount of stops through Hawaii and Kenya. Much of the people he interviewed were either people who had written actual accounts on Obama, people with PhD's giving professional & fair analysis except for the person toward the end, in my opinion , someone who is related to President Obama, or someone who knew Obama Jr. or the rest of his extended family. The most shocking one to me was not Obama Sr.'s friends, but President Obama's half-brother. THIS part I will not spoil! I have yet to actually see this part told in a professional critic's review and in its entirety. I actually read a review from someone in the NYT and they gave a false narrative regarding it, which is a shame.Now onto the details of bias/distortions, fairness, and the ending don't worry . My only two real problems with this documentary are as follows. While the director did not push a "go-to-war" agenda, like some proclaimed, he mentioned the "United States of Islam"-- something that was not properly backed up in the documentary with empirical evidence. This was also pushed by someone the director interviewed, I believe as I said earlier in my review . There was also a part where the national debt was shown by graph. The interviewee gave fair blame to both President BUSH and President Obama for the added debt. In addition, the documentary pointed some fingers at the one and only FOX NEWS for over-hyping Reverend Wright's sermons yes, he and other Obama friends are mentioned; along with the $150k bribe story . In the end, I was surprised not to see a "Republican battle cry", but then again, it was a documentary, not an "attack film".I could go on but you get the gist.You could really see the hard work, the effort, and the money put into this documentary in order to find the empirical facts. I honestly advise anyone to go see this film. It doesn't matter if you're liberal or conservative. This is a film about Obama, what may happen through the year 2016 if re-elected, and far beyond that which cannot be described. I fairly gave this documentary 8 and a half stars out of 10 and took off for a distortion and something that was more of an opinion than an objective statement, as previously detailed in my review. I can tell you that anyone who gives this film below 5 stars which is pushing it either did not see it or had the intentions of giving it under 5 stars before they even saw it. The same goes with people who cannot even write full paragraphs, resorting to choppy paragraphs.Do not walk in and out of the film closed-minded liberals! , thinking what you want to believe. Walk out of them film knowing, for the majority, the facts about Obama through 2016.
The same as D,Souza I am a political conservative. With this said I do believe myself enough of a critical thinker to be able to decide if something like this is a hack piece, unfairly biased or lacking in credibility. I think most people know when they see something that is sensationalized for effect or made for the feeding frenzy of those of a particular ideology..myself included.Instead of details I will just say that my expectations were exceeded and I came out more surprised than anticipated.I believe all fair minded people, regardless of party affiliation would benefit from being open <more>
minded enough to watch this movie. I thought to myself...would it be possible for anyone...even someone who is a Democrat/Liberal/Progressive...to watch this documentary and not be moved by the information presented. But then, in that same moment, I remembered the reality that this movie will be ignored by most people who identify with the political left. They will dismiss, without watching it, as a hit piece. That's a shame because I believe most citizens of this country would be disturbed after seeing this film.A fair approach would be to see it then go about deciding for yourself.It's a well made, well presented, truly compelling piece of work.
Denish D'Souza's proposes a credible theory in his documentary: 2016 Obama's America. He looks at Obama's friends and mentors who have anti-colonial views and he proposes that Obama holds similar views because of his association. D'Souza claims that Obama's monetary and foreign policies correspond to anti-colonials views. If Obama is interested righting the wrongs of colonialism than conflicting decisions start to make sense. For example, D'Souza cities that Obama prevented US oil companies from drilling in the gulf of Mexico, but financed South American oil <more>
companies. D'Souza also mentions that Obama has pushed deficit spending to new levels raising inflation and devaluing the American dollar. Finally, D'Souza alleges that Obama wants to drastically reduce America's Nuclear arsenal while doing nothing to stop nuclear weapons in Iran.There is no way of knowing if D'Souza's interpretation of Obama's policy is correct. One could view Obamas actions through several different lens. What matters is that D'Souza's documentary is factual and thought provoking. Although the documentary is slightly biased, it should be seen by as many people as possible so that they can support or refute D'souza's theory.
A Film with Something for Everyone (by movie_zimbo)
Well-done, thought-provoking movie. This film provides insight into Obama's childhood, his influences, his beliefs, and how all of these translate into his plans for America, especially with regard to national security and foreign policy. There's something for everyone in here – Democrats, Republicans, liberals, conservatives, and anyone else. Independents, in particular, will benefit from a deeper understanding of the man they helped to elect to office four years ago. Even better, this movie offers a very insightful analysis of why Obama's words have failed to match his <more>
actions. Hats off to Dinesh D'Souza and Gerald Molen for a powerful film!
Getting to know our President, from his own words (by thefilmdiscussion)
That I cannot recall a serious documentary film made about a president who was still in office at the time of the film's release, at least not a film with a wide theatrical release can we count the propaganda laden Fahrenheit 9/11? , speaks volumes about this film's importance. That no president that I have ever studied in school has been shrouded in so much mystery and controversy speaks volumes about the legitimacy of a documentary investigating who he is and what he has come from. 2016: Obama's America explores the history and influences of our current president Barack Obama, <more>
from as much an objective standpoint as I think one could take without simply saying nothing. While lacking the flashiness and polish of a Michael Moore film, director Dinesh D'Souza wisely goes straight for the facts, tossing aside all the propaganda, assumptions, theories and pretty motion graphics of more famous documentarians. How can I say "fact"? How do I know? Because much of the film explores the writings and quotes and interviews from Obama himself. It's straight from the horse's mouth. Much of it is alarming, I don't know how it could be seen any other way by anyone who loves this country. Much of it also puts away petty arguments about things that don't really matter when it's all said and done. D'Souza affirms that Obama was born in Hawaii, which I'm sure will anger some people. But there are bigger issues at stake in this film, which is about our very real state of affairs here in the United States of America. While it does naturally take a partisan stance, it is as objective as documentaries get, and should be seen by all. And if box office numbers mean anything, it is being seen by quite a few it posted Top Ten numbers for this past weekend, and only projects to grow to more and more theaters . The film's tag-line, "Love him or hate him, you don't know him" could very well be the complete review for this film.-Thomas Bond, TheFilmDiscussion.com
Love him or hate him, watch this movie (by michael-ezhs)
After seeing how polarizing the reviews for this film were, I prepared myself for the possibility it would be akin to some radical, Michael Moore-like conspiracy theory. I was pleasantly surprised when it wasn't. There is no doubt what side of the political spectrum Dinesh D'Souza is on, but i feel like he made sufficient effort to support his theories and conclusions with actual facts and further, he did it using President Obamas own words. His assessments are fair, though at times he seems to be reaching. D'Souza chooses snippets from Obama's book and his speeches and other <more>
documented clips selectively to support his claims, but nonetheless, the evidence is there. To be honest, it's really sort of frightening when you see it all laid out in front of you.Bottom-line is go see the movie. Keep an open mind. And please, try not to pay much attention to some of these clearly biased, misinformed reviews and critics. If you're even slightly interested in politics, watch the film, and decide for yourself.
I just finished watching this film and I think it does an excellent job at exploring a side of Obama that we, as a Western society, have a difficult time understanding: Anti-Colonialism.The filmmaker simply posits that the reason we should be concerned for a second Obama term isn't because of Obama's questionable birthplace. Actually, the film claims he was born in Hawaii going so far as to mention it was written about in two local papers. It doesn't really have to deal with Obama's overall ideology whether its socialism, communism, benevolent dictatorship, macro capitalism, <more>
Black Liberation Theology or somewhere in between . What the filmmaker is attempting to do is take the angle that maybe this has to do with ideas he learned over the years that have to do with his methods of governing.It's a very insightful film drawing on those who knew the president, those who are supportive of him and those who are not. It even uses Obama's reading excerpts from "Dreams from my Father." I enjoyed it and I think you will too.My question to all of the reviewers that give it such low ratings is: what exactly did you not like about the film? There's no claim Obama was born outside the US, there's no claim that because he's black he's incompetent, there's no real claim outrightly that he's a socialist. What is it specifically that you hate about this movie???