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  •  You haven't seen it, (3+ / 0-)
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    yet you state definitively it's 'torture porn'? From a review in the NYT:

    The scarcity of fiction films about Sept. 11 only partly explains why this movie has provoked debate. Primarily, though, it is the representation of torture — and, more important, the assertion that such abuse produced information that led to Bin Laden — that has provoked outrage in some quarters. We are clearly hungry to work through this raw subject. The most difficult scenes occur early and set the grim mood and moral stakes. (Later there are other, briefer visions of detainees being treated harshly.) It is hard to imagine anyone watching them without feeling shaken or repulsed. Some of the worst is implied: You see a bruised face, not the punch that battered it. You see a man forced into a small box, rather than hear his screams inside it. In these early scenes there is also talk — threats and pleas.

    If Ms. Bigelow leaves some of this to your imagination, it is because, I assume, she knows that the viewers for a movie like this one have been following the news for the past decade. They have read the articles, books and legal arguments about the C.I.A.’s use of what was called “enhanced interrogation” and that others have condemned as torture. Trusting the audience in this fashion is gutsy and all too rare in a movie released by a major studio. But it is an article of faith in “Zero Dark Thirty” that viewers are capable of filling in the blanks, managing narrative complexity and confronting their complicity. This is unusual territory for American moviegoers habituated to an industry that preaches simplified morality even as it turns torture into entertainment.

    Doesn't sound like torture porn to me, nor is it clear to me that the supposed link between torture and the information is explicit even implicit. Some critics are saying it exists, but the lead actress says otherwise (link to youtube interview).

    Andrew Sullivan (who, whatever else you want to say about him, has been a steadfast opponent of American torture) also praised the film after initially criticizing it sight-unseen.

    Like I said I'm reserving judgment until I see it.

    •  Me, too. (2+ / 0-)
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      I'm reserving judgment until I see it.
      From what I heard on NPR this morning, the point is clearly made that locating OBL was the result of a lot of hard work by people in back offices putting the pieces together, such as the Jessica Chastain character who goes against CW by insisting one cannot run a world-wide terrorism network from a cave.

      "The fears of one class of men are not the measure of the rights of another." ~ George Bancroft (1800-1891)

      by JBL55 on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 09:58:57 AM PST

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