Zero Dark Thirty: My thoughts

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Alright, so this is my ”review” of Zero Dark Thirty (ZDT). First off, I find it hard to look at Zero Dark Thirty the same as any other movie because of the content. So this is going to be less of a review and more like a discussion. For me, I didn’t know much about how they captured Osama Bin Laden, so I was looking to ZDT to give me a general idea of how it happened. Obviously I wasn’t looking for a true-to-life account of what precisely happened, because it’s a movie and not a documentary. However it did have a bullet point, event-based feel to it.

The end of the movie, when the SEALs actually raided Osama Bin Laden’s compound, is based on the book ‘No Easy Day,’ which was written by a member of the SEAL team that took part in the real-life operation. So from what I’ve read so far, the actual raid itself was pretty close to the true event.

If you didn’t know IMDB has a really nifty section called “Trivia” for every movie. Here’s a bit I found particularly interesting regarding the torture used in the beginning to gather information.

In an unusual step, acting CIA Director Michael Morell issued a statement about the film emphasizing that while the production team had met with the CIA, the film is a dramatization and is not historically accurate. Morell specifically contradicted the film’s assertion that “enhanced interrogation techniques”, also known as “torture”, had been of significant benefit in locating Osama bin Laden. Director Morell stated, “That impression is false. We cannot allow a Hollywood film to cloud our memory.”

So there you have it. Some of what you see in the movie is true, and some of it isn’t. As a movie, Zero Dark Thirty was amazing. The filming, acting, and production would make me forget that I was actually watching a big budget Hollywood movie. I would have to sit back and remind myself, “Hey Nate, not all of this is a true account of what happened.” So in that respect, I think it massively succeeds, and if you haven’t seen the film yet, please please do yourself a favor and do so. Zero Dark Thirty is highly entertaining, if not a little eye-opening.

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  1. I think it’s great that we have movies to fill in the blanks of history, especially in this case, seeing as how there was no actual evidence provided to verify the claims of OBL’s capture, execution and bizarre burial at sea…

    Come to think of it, OBL was never officially indicted for 9/11 either, as verified by Rex Tomb of the FBI who when questioned about this said “We simply do not have the evidence to link him to 9/11″ That’s why 9/11 was not one of the crimes listed on the official FBI websites ‘wanted’ page of him.

    Neither was OBL ever put on trial for 9/11 and convicted of this crime based on the evidence and stuff.

    But luckily Fox news solved 9/11 for everybody live on air precisely 45 seconds after the second plane hit (as the archive news footage from that terrible day shows). You see, it was 45 seconds after the second plane impact that they started blaming OBL for 9/11 live on air, and all the news media immediately agreed that this unprecedented event (the likes of which the world had never seen before) bore “all the hallmarks of an Al Qaeda terrorist attack”.

    Without TV and movies like ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ to give us the appearance of historical facts we might be forced to rely on proper independent journalism like this which is based on, you know, facts and stuff…. (shudders a the thought).

    The Last Word on Osama Bin Laden

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  2. I too enjoyed the movie. I couldn’t understand all the uproar about the torture scenes. So much of what I read came from the stand point that ZDT somehow glamorized or even “promoted” the use of torture. I didn’t think that at all. Given the State secrets and matters of national security involved I’m thankful for any attemp to shed some additional light on the story. I’m sure down the road a few months or years we’ll hear even more.

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