Thursday, May 5, 2011

Kill Bil-... err, Bin Laden?

Frankly I couldn't care less that Osama bin Laden is now dead, the dude was an embarrassment anyway. I'd rather not get into details or get political about this matter. But whatever sentiment you might have about this supposedly martyr of Islam, I don't share it. In fact, I will have none of it.

As far as I'm concerned, the whole situation in the Middle East got so convoluted that even religion became an item of exploitation, and a rallying call by people with questionable motives that has nothing to do with Islam whatsoever. So when Reuters reported that there's a movie about Osama bin Laden already in the works, tentatively called Kill Bin Laden, I was like "Sure, go right on ahead... Demonise him or whatever. I don't care."


As one would expect, the movie chronicles the US-led war from one flimsy reason to another, focusing on their search for Osama bin Laden. Attached to the project are director Kathryn Bigelow (Point Break [1991], The Hurt Locker [2009]) and screenwriting collaborator Mark Boal.

Take comfort in knowing that Michael Bay isn't attached to the project, otherwise his trademark American jingoism will rear its head once again, and the war will be glorified grossly out of proportion. Still, that is not to say that this movie will not at all encourage people to chant "U-S-A!! U-S-A!!". At this stage it's a little hard to say.

World War II, Vietnam, fuckin' terrorism... Seriously, do we have to do everything by ourselves?!
Also interesting to note is how the title character is going to turn out. Let's face it, he's no Salah ad-Din, even if he liked to think that he was. All the same, expect the Muslim world to crucify the people behind this movie should the portrayal of Osama bin Laden be anything less than flattering. It will be no different here in Malaysia since the mentality here is that Arabs and Muslims are the same and they automatically should be revered.

Screw that.

Make the movie if you want to. There will be people to laud it, and those who would throw their shoes at it. Me, I'm gonna do neither. I'll just cross my arms and laugh at the circus that will commence.

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