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Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty in troubled waters

Hindustantimes.com   December 20, 2012
First Published: 16:39 IST(20/12/2012) | Last Updated: 22:47 IST(20/12/2012)

We reported some time back that Zero Dark Thirty is picking up steam ahead of next year's Academy Awards. It's been raining praise left, right and centre.

Following the words of praise emanating from the New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC), the movie hit the right note with the National Board of Review (NBR). 

The organization founded in 1909 hailed Zero Dark Thirty as the best film of 2012, it announced on December 5. Kathryn Bigelow was also bestowed with best director honors, and the film's lead, Jessica Chastain, was ranked as best actress.

"The portrayal of torture leading to the U.S. killing of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden in the movie Zero Dark Thirty is bogus," Huffington Post quotes the top senators on the Intelligence and Armed Services committees.

In the film by Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow, a harsh interrogation -- including waterboarding of the suspect -- extracts key information that leads to finding bin Laden.

"It's wrong. It's wrong. I know for a fact, not because of this report -- my own knowledge -- that waterboarding, torture, does not lead to reliable information ... in any case -- not this specific case -- in any case," Huff Post quotes John McCain, the top Republican on the Armed Services Committee and a survivor of torture during his captivity during the Vietnam War.

Besides John McCain other senators Dianne Feinstein and Carl Levin have also criticized Sony Pictures Entertainment for featuring "grossly inaccurate and misleading” torture scenes in the upcoming film Zero Dark Thirty.

Huff Post report says that the senators have sent a letter to the studio on Wednesday, in which they've insisted that Sony has "an obligation to state that the role of torture in the hunt for Osama Bin Laden is not based on the facts, but rather part of the film’s fictional narrative.”

The movie debuts today in select theaters. A worldwide release is on January 11, 2013.

 

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Zero Dark Thirty is picking up steam ahead of next year's Academy Awards. Following the words of praise emanating from the New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC), the movie hit the right note with the National Board of Review (NBR).

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