"Zero Dark Thirty" depicts the hunt for Osama bin Laden in, what many critics say, is a pulse-pounding and honest manner. Director Kathryn Bigelow says she took a journalistic approach to the film. But some are calling the film pro-torture, suggesting it approves of morally questionable methods used to find the world's most wanted man.
New York Times columnist Frank Bruni says the film appears to depict torture as necessary, summarizing the message as "no waterboarding, no Bin Laden." While torture was used, it played an insignificant hand in finding bin Laden according to Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Carl Levin (D-MI).
But the film "borders on the politically and morally reprehensible," according to David Edelstein of New York Magazine, because it makes such an engaging case for torture.
Wired's Spencer Ackerman disagrees, saying the film's depictions of torture are frank, disturbing, and truthful about how little intelligence can be gathered through such methods. "'Zero Dark Thirty' does not present torture as a silver bullet that led to bin Laden," Ackerman writes, "it presents torture as the ignorant alternative to that silver bullet."Via Boing Boing