America: A look at American history from a conservative view

Gary Wolcott, atomictown.comJuly 2, 2014 

America is a documentary. I love watching them. I'm more fascinated by reality these days than the recycled and overdone plots pushed in movies.

But while I love them, I hate reviewing documentaries.

The documentary is done by 2016: Obama's America filmmakers Dinesh D'Souza and John Sullivan. Their viewpoint is conservative. As a critic, how do you review a point of view? How does one -- as an open-minded observer -- judge someone's conclusions?

All I can say is the movie makes good points. You, the viewer, have to decide if those conclusions are relevant and accurate.

Not that many who disagree with the conservative slant of America will see this. That said, while it is aimed at conservatives, liberals interested in the philosophy of the "other side" may find it interesting. It's the answer to, and a rebuttal for, revisionist history that conservatives claim has been pushed for the past couple of decades and that is brainwashing today's youth and the less educated in the U.S.

As a movie, D'Souza and Sullivan's production is creative, well done and fast-paced. But you can say that about most documentaries these days.

America is also somewhat misleading. The campaign promoting this documentary asks what the world would look like without America. Then it proceeds to -- for almost two hours -- not answer that question. To be truthful, that might have made a more interesting discussion.


Directors: Dinesh D'Souza, John Sullivan

Mr. Movie rating: 4 stars

Rated PG-13 for mature themes. It's playing at the Carmike 12 and at Walla Walla Grand Cinemas.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen.

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.

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