By P. Erik Meyer
“2016: Obama’s America” – narrated by Dinesh D’Souza
7.5 out of 10
The narrator Dinesh D’Souza provides fascinating facts about the president’s policies and role models.
Parts of “2016” might go over the average American’s head, but for a typical Brophy student, this movie should provide insight into who President Obama is.
Remember that this review is simply that, a review and that is intended to be non-biased, despite the far right tilt of the film.
The movie hints that before the 2008 election, few Americans knew who Barack Obama was, but his powerful speeches and promises of hope and change persuaded many Americans that he was the man for the job.
D’Souza makes the bold claim that most likely people voted for Obama simply because of race and that they wanted to tell their grandchildren that they voted for the first African American President of the United States.
“2016” hinted at the fact that these first four years, Obama coasted through his presidency and did just enough to try to earn another term. If he is re-elected then he would really start to implement his true policies and beliefs.
By the end of the film, we understand why Obama plans to reduce America’s nuclear weapons stash from 5,000 to 1,500 through D’Souza’s comparisons between his role models and decisions. We understand why Obama chose to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and supported Argentina in the conflict with Britain over the Falkland Islands.
An interesting moment in the film is when D’Souza discusses a moment when Obama mentioned to Russian President Vladimir Putin that he will “have more flexibility after his election.”
D’Souza emphasizes that this quote proves that Obama has bigger plans for the future if re-elected. The film overall is quite biased as D’Souza is a clear conservative.
The timing of the release is interesting and certainly strategic with the election around the corner.
The average Brophy student should enjoy the film no matter if they are a Republican or Democratic as it forces viewers to move past boiler plate talking points and dig deeper into politics.
As with most things political these days though, it is likely going to polarize viewers.
Depending on you political view, the film should enhance your belief that Obama is the man for the job or re-enforce the fact that we need a new president.