Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden?
Morgan Spurlock, the daredevil documentarian who lived on Big Macs for a month and turned the exercise in body art into the 2004 hit Super Size Me, returns — this time expanding his horizons rather than his girth. Paraphrasing the title of a popular computer game, Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden? presents Spurlock’s fact-finding tour of the Middle East and beyond. An affable action hero in search of the planet’s supervillain, Spurlock operates from a position of feigned ignorance as he assumes the role of stranger in a strange land. But Spurlock’s own education aside, the real question is whether there is actually anything particularly new to be gleaned from the travelogue that is Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden? Conventional wisdom rules: The Afghans claim that bin Laden is hiding in Pakistan; the Pakistanis reveal that the devil is actually in Afghanistan. It’s there that Spurlock has his most enjoyable moment, allowed by American troops to fire a rocket launcher into the rubble. It’s also amusing to learn that he’s not the only celebrity opportunist — a local politician hopes to develop Tora Bora as a tourist site. So will this all-American, self-identified goofball achieve the scoop of the century, penetrate the forbidden zone and track Osama to his lair? Not exactly suspenseful stuff.