Film Review: Code Name: Geronimo
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3/5 The extremely popular American drama Homeland seems to have spurned a new love of terrorist thrillers, where scenes constantly flick from a slick CIA office in Washington to the back streets of Afghanistan tailing a car full of guys with guns. Combining brains with brawl, sophisticated technology with pure muscle: that’s what the public want. At least, John Stockwell seems to be under this impression. His cinematically released US TV movie Code Name: Geronimo leads the viewer through the lives of three specific groups of people: a CIA Analyst and his team heading operations in Langley, VA; two surveillance ops watching and following in Afghanistan; and a group of SEAL operatives, trained up in Virginia and eventually sent to Afghanistan on a mission to kill Osama Bin Laden. The issue is that, in reality, the hunt for Osama Bin Laden was a hell of a lot of waiting, followed by a brief highly successful raid, then job done. Consequently, the film meanders along this path of introducing characters, giving some back-story and having brief moments of suspense (such as an ambush on an Afghanistan mountainside). And then in the last twenty minutes they decide to go in for the kill, everything goes according to plan and then that’s it.
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