Ben and I saw Zero Dark Thirty today, and I’m still not entirely sure what to think. It’s good, I think, but I’m just not sure what to make of it.
I don’t think, as a lot of reviewers have suggested, the film took a pro-torture stance. It represents torture as being a part of the hunt for Osama bin Laden, but it doesn’t seem to be advocating the efficacy of torture. Whether this is accurate or not, though, I couldn’t begin to say.
One the whole, it felt to me more like a documentary exercise than an ideological one. In a way, it seemed to be trying to keep ideology out of the mix entirely. Though you could, of course, argue that any choice about what to represent — what goes in, what gets left out — is a charged, and indeed a political, decision, this film seemed much more interested in representing the process by which bin Laden was found than in commenting on the results one way or another
I don’t know. I have to keep thinking about it — which may, actually, be Zero Dark Thirty‘s intent.