Zero Dark Thirty got a lot of flak from Washington upon release. Members of the senate accused the makers of misleading the audience by depicting excess torture on screen compared to what actually happened in the decade long hunt for Bin Laden.
Hmm. Is that true? Was the search for Osama a non-violent one then? Or there was some violence, but not as much? How much? Whose story is to be believed? While politics has a reputation for being dirty… movies are nothing but drama… politicians and their statements are not to be blindly trusted… but movie makers are in the very business of making up stories!!
Between the CIA and the ISI and the bureaucrats and the diplomats we may never know the whole truth… But somehow, my recollection of news reports from back then about the torture techniques used by interrogators is much more disturbing than what was shown in the movie.
The documentary style cinematography/editing of the movie with relatively new actors who have not yet been typecast, work perfectly in unison towards keeping the experience ‘real’. As events unfold in the movie, your mind will stitch together the scattered images you’ve come across on media in the last ten years… Abu Ghraib prison, waterboarding, dog collar tortures, the change of politics in Washington midway through all this and more.
‘Zero Dark Thirty’ I thought was a catchy phrase for a movie title. In military terms means half hour past midnight. It refers to the time of the day Osama compound in Pakistan was raided on May 2, 2011. The 25 minute climax of the movie is believed to be the approximate time taken by US Navy SEALs on site from start to finish.
The movie tells the story of Maya, a sharp CIA officer, who maintains her focus through several years of hardship and frustration in trying to find Bin Laden. And Kathryn Bigelow, the 61 year old director, is the first woman to have won the Academy Award for best director in 80 year history of the Oscars (for Hurt Locker). It’s not hard to see how the story of the directors life is inseparable from the story of the protagonist in the movie. Its the story of a strong determined woman, with an unshakeable belief in her mission and herself, fighting it out in a man’s world and will not take no for an answer…