The Unknown Known (PG-13)
Documentary 102 April 2, 2014
Rumsfeld is marginally more available now, and The Unknown Known is an unmistakably Morrisish enterprise: built around a single-source interview, with the source looking straight into the camera and letting us try to get a read on him. It's too bad Morris manages mostly just to extend the sport Rumsfeld made of seeming callous, albeit absorbingly, at press conferences. Here again Rumsfeld takes questions as if only for the challenge of riposting them with non-answers, either because he's unable or unwilling to assess the real consequences of his policy decisions in a meaningful way.
Every time Morris seems to be handing over rope for Rummy to hang himself with, the smug bastard just ties it into to a fancy Boy Scout knot. Of detainee abuse at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo, he says, "I felt a very strong sense that something terrible had happened -- on my watch." But quite unlike McNamara reflecting on Vietnam, he doesn't seem even a little bit broken up about it.