Controversy Erupts Over Zero Dark Thirty


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The controversial, award winning movie Zero Dark Thirtyleft audiences captivated as they watched the hunting, capturing, and assassination of the infamous terrorist, Osama Bin Laden. Oscar award winning director Kathryn Bigelow, who also directed The Hurt Locker, made sure to base the movie off the real events that lead to the capture of Bin Laden. The movie was intense and captivating the whole way through.

As with many great works of art, controversy always seems to stir up. Critics of the movie said that the torture in the beginning of the movie which consisted of water-boarding and other rather inhumane “enhanced interrogation methods” was unnecessary and portrays America in a negative light. Many politicians are persuading people to avoid watching the film. Diane Feinstein and John McCain wrote a letter to Sony Pictures bashing the film, saying the film was “grossly inaccurate and misleading” in its insinuation that torture led to Bin Laden’s location.

“Experts disagree sharply on the facts and particulars of the intelligence hunt, and doubtlessly that debate will continue,” said Bigelow as she defended her film. “As for what I personally believe, which has been the subject of inquiries, accusations, and speculation, I think Osama Bin Laden was found due to ingenious detective work. Torture was, however, as we all know, employed in the early years of the hunt. That doesn’t mean it was the key to finding Bin Laden. It means it is a part of the story we couldn’t ignore.”

Although the controversy surrounding the movie remains, it is quite the fantastic thriller that revolves around Maya, a CIA operative who was recruited right out of high school. Her one and only goal since 9/11 has been to find the location of Bin Laden. The movie shows her triumphs and hardships as she goes through the greatest manhunt in history. I strongly encourage everyone to watch it. 


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