I think the story of Bin Laden’s death is worthy of a movie. I don’t think the plot would be very difficult and would offer a perfect story arc for the 9/11 tragedy. Here is my idea.
The movie opens with news footage of the twin towers being attacked and collapsing. It continues with footage of people sifting through the rubble culminating in the George Bush speech through the blow horn. Next, flash to a special operations mission in Tora Borra Afghanistan where troops are closing in on Bin Laden, only to come up empty handed. So we begin with failure, now we swing the story to a slowly building success story, beginning with the capture of KSM and others, along with their interrogations. The next 30 to 40 minutes of the movie shows the intelligence cat and mouse games that were played out over 8 years. Finally, we come to September 2010 when we finally know where Bin Laden is located. The key to this story is that no presidential administration is ever mentioned. The story only focuses on the foot soldiers doing the work. We never see generals or secretaries or presidents. This is a grunt perspective movie. So, now the plan for Bin Laden’s death is put together, we then see life in Afghanistan for the seal time that carries out the final mission. We get to know who these guys are. There needs to be some real character development done. We need to know the hardships their families back home endure. We need to know why they do what they do. We need to know the pain they have suffered during the war. Since they have a plan, the movie will then focus on the training and training and training. The culmination of the movie would be a 40 minute play by play of the actual operation in the tradition of the TV show 24 where 40 minutes will mean an actual 40 minutes. The finale of the movie will show the body of Bin Laden splashing into the sea. We will trace its descent deeper and deeper into the darkness as the credits roll and there is silence.