I went to see Zero Dark Thirty yesterday. The movie focuses on a young CIA analyst (Jessica Chastain) and her relentless effort to find Osama bin Hidin. (Spoiler Alert: Osama is killed at the end of the movie)
The movie has been controversial since it’s inception because many on the right feared that because its original planned release was to be just before the election that it would be a puff piece intended to let Barack Obama “spike the football” regarding the death of Osama. Those fears turned out to be unwarranted because the movie wasn’t released until December and there is barely any mention of Obama in it.
The current controversy is over the positive portrayal of torture. The early part of the movie depicts suspected terrorists being beaten and waterboarded for information which is used as a starting point for tracking him to his hiding place in Abbottabad, Pakistan. There is also a controversy over whether the Obama administration gave unauthorized access to classified information to the movie’s producers.
The movie is a docu-drama that is loosely based on real life events. As a documentary it sucks. As a drama it’s pretty good if you like that genre. Not a great movie, just a pretty good one.
That’s my verdict. YMMV