Film Review: ZERO DARK THIRTY (2012) – directed by Kathryn Bigelow

Posted: January 17, 2013 in Film Reviews
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ZERO DARK THIRTY (2012) - directed by Kathryn Bigelow

The controversy surrounding ZERO DARK THIRTY’s alleged promotion of torture is unfortunate as this story seems to be overshadowing a far more important one and that is the arrival of a major filmmaking force to be reckoned with and a female one to boot.

Having never seen POINT BLANK or THE HURT LOCKER before, ZERO DARK THIRTY marks my introduction to the work of Kathryn Bigelow and I have to say I was very impressed by the sheer mastery she seems to exhibit when it comes to bringing out the best in her actors and crafting genuinely suspenseful sequences (i.e. the 25-minute raid at the end of the film).

It can be difficult for those who question the official narrative behind 9/11 to completely suspend their disbelief while watching this, knowing full well that there is an overwhelming amount of evidence that would suggest 9/11 is the “JFK Assassination” of our generation. But as a piece of cinematic entertainment, ZERO DARK THIRTY is a taut and tense thriller that should silence those who continue to spout conspiracy theories about the lack of prominent female filmmakers working in the industry today.

As far as whether this film promotes torture, all I can say is that the depictions of waterboarding and other forms of verbal and physical intimidation used to get “information” from suspects are so brutal and absolutely reprehensible that one can only come away from this thinking that not only did the terrorists win on a socio-political level vis a vis the quasi-Orwellian police state that the United States has turned into post 9/11 but they also won on a philosophical level as well. Whatever darkness Americans may have experienced on 9/11 ultimately paled in comparison to the darkness that Americans embraced and personified by abandoning their integrity and morality in their pursuit to bring Bin Laden to justice.

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