“A Real Hero”

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.

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