Tom Simard

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Zero Dark Thirty

I have finally got round to seeing Zero Dark Thirty.

Although the director, Kathryn Bigelow, says that torture did not lead to the location of Bin Laden, the beginning of the movie had quite a bit of it. Considering it received a Best Picture nomination, one can only assume that skin-flaying will figure prominently in next year’s choices.

Martyrdom_of_Saint_Bartholomew_at_MNACJosé de Ribera – The Martyrdom of Saint Bartholomew

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4 thoughts on “Zero Dark Thirty

  1. I haven’t seen it yet, although I’d like to, once I’ve read a little more about the actual event. I know as much as the next guy, but I like to go to historical films armed with enough knowledge to separate fact from fiction, at least the big things.

    You joke about flaying making it to the Oscars, but that may not be too far off. Witness the rise of torture-porn movies like Hostel (which admittedly, I have not seen) and Saw (which, regrettably, I have). I do think there’s a place for most everything in cinema, including that stuff, but it’s not for me, and I’m a little surprised at its growing popularity.


  2. I saw about 1 minute of Saw. That’s 1 minute of my life wasted.


  3. I watched the whole movie but wished I could have unwatched the first half. I’ve suggested to friends to skip the first half.


  4. It was a very long movie. I also thought the whole end with the night vision lenses went on and on. I think Richard Brody in the New Yorker has a point when he says, “…the movie is…something of a litmus test—how a viewer reacts to the mission itself will likely be determined by how the viewer feels about bin Laden, the American military, and the so-called war on terror.”


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