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Zero Dark Thirty

is misinformation on a matter of great historical and political import. 32% 28 votes
Who expects accuracy from Hollywood? 41% 35 votes
will start discussions and sell documentaries. 25% 22 votes
85 total votes

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How would anyone know, as opposed to "know" that is misinformation?

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
January 10, 2013 at 10:21 a.m. (Suggest removal)

To add to JL, as Bigelow herself has pointed out, depiction doesn't equal endorsement. Does Spielberg endorse the Holocaust?
And the CIA has never actually denied that torture was a factor in finding bin Laden.
The big question that critics of this film and Django Unchained are really afraid to ask is how moral is vengeance killing and to Bigelow's film asks even to what lengths are validated by vengeance.
But that would require all these socalled Progressives and Constitutionalists to look deep into themselves.
So I guess Bigelow will continue to be the country's scapegoat.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
January 10, 2013 at 10:40 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Also understand that the torture depicted or implied in this film was not effective in securing accurate intelligence, but a more collaborative form of interrogation was. See the actual film instead of comment in abstentia.

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
January 14, 2013 at 4:23 p.m. (Suggest removal)

How do we know it was or wasn't effective in acquiring any information? For the sake of argument let's just say not a shred of useful info was gained from all the people (aka human beings) who were waterboarded. They were still waterboarded in an attempt to get info to kill bin Laden (some of us would've preferred a trial but how naively civilized.) To omit the US government;'s use of torture in the hunt for bin Laden would have been the ultimate propaganda victory for the war hawks / CIA and a complete whitewashing of history.
It's amazing how upset people are over "historical inaccuracies" in Zero Dark Thirty but other filmmakers are allowed to completely fictionalize the marriage of Alfred and Alma Hitchcock (not to mention the completely bogus assertation that AH was obsessed with Ed Gein) and nobody runs a poll, or writes angry editorials.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
January 15, 2013 at 2:27 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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