Donald Rumsfeld has a grandfatherly quality to him. He smiles a lot. He worked for Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Bush (the younger). He enjoys a good memo.
Errol Morris‘ most recent documentary, The Unknown Known, takes an in depth look at the two-time Secretary of Defense. Morris does this in his usual highly visual, metaphoric style. And while never truly antagonistic, his questions certainly get more information out of Mr. Rumsfeld than you would get from any of his famous press conferences.
Through the course of the film you can flip from finding Rumsfeld charming to finding him terrifying four or five different times. It’s a roller coaster experience, and I would say a rewarding one. I can’t say it will leave you “warm” or “happy.” But you will probably know more about some things than you did going in.
If you want to double up on your Errol Morris, I’d highly recommend this as a double feature with The Fog of War. – [DVD] [Blu-Ray]
DVD Release Date: 7/1/14