Of the two recent films covering the assassination of Osama bin Laden, “Seal Team Six” is the inferior film to “Zero Dark Thirty.” The two films have slightly different focuses: “Seal Team Six” specifically follows the elite unit assigned to kill Osama bin Laden while “Zero Dark Thirty” more broadly follows the investigation that led to the strike. They are also shot in different narration styles: “Seal Team Six” uses an interview/flashback style while “Zero Dark Thirty” uses the more straightforward main character narrator to tell the story. The interview style didn’t work in “Seal Team Six,” though, and made it have the feel of a low-budget shoot-em-up rather than of a true historical event with real characters because the acting was not believable. The low-level action background music that played through the entire movie didn’t help either – it suggested that every scene was supposed to be intense, but that no scene was more intense than any other. “Zero Dark Thirty” was far more believable and took the audience through the proper emotional ups and downs.
As an aside, the overall plot and the major plot details were the same in both movies, yet each movie included details that the other did not. “Zero Dark Thirty” spent a lot of time tracking the courier using locals along the road, which wasn’t in “Seal Team Six” at all. “Seal Team Six” highlighted a pair of local spies who camped out across from the bin Laden compound for surveillance – a detail that was not in “Zero Dark Thirty.” Having done no research on this subject, I suspect that the closest film account to the reality is a mix of the two.