Run Time: 99 min
2016 Obama’s America takes audiences on a gripping visual journey into the heart of the world’s most powerful office to reveal the struggle of whether one man’s past will redefine America over the next four years. The film examines the question, “If Obama wins a second term, where will we be in 2016?” Across the globe and in America, people in 2008 hungered for a leader who would unite and lift us from economic turmoil and war. True to America’s ideals, they invested their hope in a new kind of president, Barack Obama. What they didn’t know is that Obama is a man with a past, and in powerful ways that past defines him–who he is, how he thinks, and where he intends to take America and the world. Love him or hate him, you don’t know him.
The above brilliantly crafted boilerplate by the people behind Obama 2016 would make one think that if indeed President Obama is re-elected, that our great country will go to a hell in a hand basket and indeed that is the intention of this movie. While pitching it as a factually sound documentary the people behind Obama 2016 may want to look for a new fact checker when it comes to their next movie. One can simply google the movie name with “fact check” at the end and you will find multiple independent sources that have blown holes in many of the central themes of this film. While we at Rattle and Hum Sports prefer to stay away from politics, it is our job to also review movies for exactly what they are. We choose not to be Republican or Democrat when it comes to this film but rather evaluate the film strictly on its merits. With that being said, all documentaries have a biased when it comes to the message that they are trying to convey and Obama 2016 finds itself fitting right in with the group. Simply put it is political red meat for those of the Republican and Tea Party and at the same time it is blasphemy against President Obama for those of the Democratic Party and the Occupy Movement. For me its nothing more than a sad commentary on the sad political state of our great country where both sides play on the citizens fears to further their individual agenda. Simply put when it comes to Obama 2016 if you are a red state individual you will probably love the film and if you are a blue state kind of person you will hate it. In the end, the documentary does its job in creating a conversation about an issue that many Americans are concerned about. The sad thing is that is fails to do so with a simple thing called facts which in the end renders its “message” useless.
Overall Rating: D