"2016: Obama's America" opens today at Cinemark 20 in Moosic and while did not find any reviews from the film critics whose opinions we publish for most general-release films, we did find other opinions on the project. The Hollywood Reporter said on Wednesday the movie had so far grossed $2 million at the box office, the second-best showing of the year for a documentary after "Bully" ($3.2 million). Here are some thoughts about the film:
From the movie's website:
"Immersed in exotic locales across four continents, best-selling author Dinesh D'Souza races against time to find answers to Obama's past and reveal where America will be in 2016. During this journey he discovers how Hope and Change became radically misunderstood, and identifies new flashpoints for hot wars in mankind's greatest struggle. The journey moves quickly over the arc of the old colonial empires, into America's empire of liberty, and we see the unfolding realignment of nations and the shape of the global future."
From The Hollywood Reporter:
"During every Presidential campaign, a couple of films are released that attempt to sway the outcome of the election – yet it would be hard to prove that any of them has ever had a significant influence. These diatribes usually speak to true believers and have no impact on the opposition. That will undoubtedly be the fate of ‘2016: Obama's America,' a film created by conservative author Dinesh D'Souza (who got his start in politics working in the Reagan White House) with the aim of demonstrating the dire consequences of a second Obama term."
A post on rottontomatoes.com, from "James Lee," who praised the movie:
"The movie was all interviews and facts. It was not mean-spirited and it was put together by an immigrant and a very educated and smart one at that. The movie does not attack Obama, just gives background information and tries to connect the dots in a way that explains why Obama makes the policy decisions he does, and how he wants to bring America down to where he thinks it should be with the rest of the world. Obama's own voice and words are peppered throughout it."
A post on rottontomatoes.com from "Angela Ferguson," who found fault with the movie:
"The problem with the movie is that it points to people he was exposed to mainly during his youth (when you don't have many choices on who you are exposed to) and then says ... because these people thought that way so does he. Our exposure does indeed shape and define us, but it doesn't mean we are who they are and we think what they think.
"That's like saying because my aunts, uncles and the vast majority of the people I was exposed to when I was young were on drugs and welfare or in jail - I am on drugs and welfare and have been in jail. Indeed I am not. Nor do I view the people who are with contempt. It is up to us to choose the paths we ultimately take in spite of our upbringing, and never forget the lessons we learned from it.