Film Review: “2016: Obama’s America”

Dinesh D’Souza’s film 2016: Obama’s America came to my hometown of Richmond, VA this past weekend, and I got the chance to see it opening night. The theater was mostly full (despite a general lack of information about the film from the Richmond theaters themselves), reflecting the anticipation and momentum it has been generating. Earlier in the week, it was responsible for a full 35% of’s total ticket sales nationally.

After viewing the film, I know why.

D’Souza has crafted an entertaining and persuasive documentary, explaining the thinking of our forty-fourth president and why he hides his true beliefs and ultimate intentions for America. D’Souza logically ties together the major people and events that shaped President Obama’s life and worldview, often using Obama’s own words and voice (taken from Obama’s book Dreams from My Father, which he narrated himself) to tell the story. D’Souza’s conclusion is that President Obama adopted his father’s anti-colonialist views and is now governing the United States of America from the perspective that we are an oppressor nation and need to be downsized in order to level the playing field with the oppressed nations.

As an immigrant from India, D’Souza is familiar with anti-colonialist thinking and considers himself more able than the average American to understand how Obama’s worldview would affect his actions. D’Souza believes that viewing Obama as a strict anti-colonialist is the only way to explain many of our president’s confounding actions, such as returning the gift of a bust of Winston Churchill back to the British, his reduction in America’s nuclear arsenal, his apparent sympathy toward radical Muslims and antipathy toward our traditional allies (like Great Britain and Israel), and cutting our own domestic oil drilling while using taxpayer money to fund Brazilian drilling.

Toward the end of the film, D’Souza shares what he believes Obama will do in his second term–should he win one–and how America will look in 2016 as a result. Without resorting to over-the-top fear-mongering, D’Souza paints a frightening picture of a weakened U.S. military, a stronger Islamic influence in the world, and a debt crisis that could collapse the U.S. economy. Obama is “remaking America” (Obama’s own words) into something most Americans won’t recognize and certainly wouldn’t want.

The film makes its points effectively, using powerful narration, symbolism, and even some humor to keep its audience attentive.  My only criticism might be that at an hour and twenty-nine minutes the film seemed too short–I left wanting more. But perhaps adding time would have disrupted the quick pace that made the film so easily watchable and even enjoyable, though scary at the end.

All voters with any degree of objectivity should see this film and judge the conclusions it presents based on their merits. I suspect many would learn more about their own president in those short eight-nine minutes than they have over the past four years since they first heard of Obama. And what they learn may shock them.

I fear, though, that those who don’t need to see this film are the only ones who will. As I was standing in line outside the theater, a friend of mine glanced around and said, “I think this is the choir.”


The film ends by telling viewers that the future isn’t in Obama’s hands–it’s in ours. So, it’s up to us to inform the non-choir members about this film, dragging them to it with us if necessary, and then getting them out to vote, if we don’t want to see Obama’s dream (nightmare) for America become a reality.

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6 Responses to Film Review: “2016: Obama’s America”

  1. I’m anxious to see the film because I believe it will confirm what I’ve been thinking of the man–that it is his deliberate intent to destroy our nation. I wish someone would come up with another film to explain why so many people are eager to let him do it. The only reason I can come up with, that makes sense to me, is a religious one. I believe the next election will illustrate what period of history the world is entering.

    Linda Yezak September 1, 2012 at 7:30 am
  2. Enlightening review. I had not heard of this film until a friend mentioned it on Facebook. I agree, Jon: the choir is the group that needs to see this film the least, but also know those who really do need to see it will probably not. Thanks for posting this review. I plan to see the film.

    Dee Yoder September 5, 2012 at 7:09 pm
  3. Jon,

    Thanks for an insightful review. I’d heard of 2016, but frankly, didn’t have the foggiest notion what it was about. Now I can’t wait to see it and drag along anyone I can find. This is something we NEED to do and I couldn’t agree with you more that it’s up to us to change the course of America before it’s too late. Let’s hope we haven’t miss our opportunity.

    Deborah Dee Harper September 5, 2012 at 8:47 pm
  4. Good review, John. I haven’t seen the movie, but I am a member of the choir. I have the man’s book this movie is based on downloaded onto my iPad and have done a lot of research on my own to understand what most people don’t or don’t want to know.

    I have joined a group of people across this land to pray every night at 8:00 p.m. central for one minute for our country and it’s very future right up to election night.

    Anyone who reads this is welcome to join us.

    Pamela S. Meyers September 5, 2012 at 9:13 pm
  5. The film came to a theater about an hour away from us, so we went to a matinee and then out to dinner. I wish I could send it as a gift to the folk who need to see it. Such an important perspective.

    Excellent review.


    Normandie September 5, 2012 at 9:17 pm
  6. Great review. I have tried to find the words that you used to describe this film. Those words being “Without resorting to over-the-top fear-mongering”. It is not over the top…just the facts and those facts are not pretty. What are we going to do if he gets in again? I am so afraid.

    A Proud Tea party member October 2, 2012 at 2:18 pm

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