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The Hunt for Bin Laden Comes Home

  • March 21, 2013
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Zero Dark Thirty is out now on Blu-ray and DVD, so if you missed it in theaters you can see it for yourself from the privacy of your own couch. Three months after its initial screenings, the movie itself holds up and everything said in our original review still stands. Since we published that review, the movie’s accuracy has been attacked by Washington politicians concerned about their own images, attacked by Pakistanis embarrassed that their country allowed Osama bin Laden in hide in plain sight and pretty much shut out at the Oscars when Hollywood decided to embrace the not-s0-scary Argo instead. +Continue Reading

‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Wants to Be Absolutely Authentic

Director Kathryn Bigelow’s movie about the hunt for Osama bin Laden gets released on DVD and Blu-ray this week and Sony Pictures has given us this exclusive clip from the disc’s bonus features.

Everyone involved in Zero Dark Thirty has really wanted to have it both ways: they’ve been ultra-careful to say that the movie is not a docu-drama when it comes to the exact details of the story  but they hired a truckload of military and intelligence advisers to make sure everything on screen looks as realistic as possible. The clip above talks about the effort the filmmakers put into those visuals. +Continue Reading

Real SEALs of ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

The folks over at Zero Dark Thirty want you to know that the actors they hired to play the SEALs who killed bin Laden got some excellent training from the kind of guys who actually killed bin Laden.

High-Tech Secrets of the World’s Greatest Manhunt

The folks promoting Zero Dark Thirty have created some massive infographics detailing the cutting-edge military tech required in the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Since we’re the blog at Military​.com that really likes the movie, we got tasked with posting them for your examination. The graphics have been vetted by people who know what they’re talking about, so you can check them out for yourselves below and get a rundown on all the tech before you see the movie this weekend. +Continue Reading

‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Filmmakers Fire Back at Washington

Members of the Senate intelligence and armed services committees have been raising hell about the depiction of enhanced interrogation in Zero Dark Thirty. Senators Dianne Feinstein, John McCain and Carl Levin have sent letters the CIA implying that the agency must’ve leaked false information to ZDT screenwriter Mark Boal because they insist those techniques yielded none of the intelligence that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden. +Continue Reading

‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Review

Zero Dark Thirty is a great movie, one that shows the men and women responsible for our national security as dedicated, determined, competent, intelligent and brave. Director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal also portray the hunt for Osama bin Laden as a systematic quest for justice rather than an overheated quest for revenge.

It’s not the movie Washington expected, but it’s not the movie that Hollywood expected, either.

Anyone who wants their art to conform to a set of political beliefs (or even just hew closely to a particular version of the facts) will immediately have a lot of issues with Zero Dark Thirty. It’s neither the pro-Obama hagiography that pre-release critics claimed it would be, nor is it the pro-torture apology that some have claimed since its first screenings in late November. +Continue Reading

‘Zero Dark Thirty’: Everywhere & (Almost) Nowhere

It’s pretty hard to write about Zero Dark Thirty right now because very few people can actually see the movie yet. As of December 19th, it’s playing in NYC and LA but the film won’t open in the rest of the country for over three weeks (January 11th). Since folks who live in NYC and LA don’t really think much about the rest of the country and since most people who write about movies live in one of those two places, the media has already started slinging spoilers around like it’s no big thing.

If you do happen to live in NYC or LA, stop reading now and go see the movie before you get exposed to all the online “discussion” about a movie that very few people have seen. I got to see Zero Dark Thirty before the articles started showing up and it’s definitely the kind of movie best experienced before you  hear a lot of half-informed opinionated noise about what the filmmakers’ agenda.

If you can’t see the movie until January, there’s a lot of opinion flying around out there that might color your experience if you pay too much attention. There are a couple of debates worth looking at. +Continue Reading

Waterboarding in ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

Zero Dark Thirty is a great picture, one that deserves all the awards that’s it’s starting to receive. Very few of us have actually seen the movie yet, but its matter-of-fact portrayal of enhanced interrogation techniques is generating controversy. California Senator  Diane Feinstein says that an early scene where CIA operatives waterboard a terror suspect is “completely fabricated.” David Edelstein of New York Magazine calls it the best movie of the year yet still freaks out and says Zero Dark Thirtyborders on the politically and morally reprehensible.”

Of course, information revealed in the interrogation is the starting point for a long, frustrating investigation that finally leads to the bin Laden compound in Abbottabad. Director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal’s dispassionate suggestion that waterboarding played a necessary role in finding bin Laden is sure to set off a media firestorm once more people have a chance to see the film.

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