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  •  This isn't a political disagreement, its a factual (0+ / 0-)

    disagreement.  Big difference.  I think we all expect a certain amount of creative license when we watch movies.  But any time a supposedly historical account is presented, we expect it to get the most important basic facts right.

    It appears Zero Dark Thirty fails this test.  I can't give that a pass.  Its like writing Titanic having the ship hit a mine, not an iceberg.  Or doing Malcolm X, having Malcolm convert to Buddhism.

    If you're going to tell the story of how we got OBL, and present it as a dramatized factual account, it should be factual.

    This is 1000x worse than what James Frey was run out of publishing for.  In his book, he only lied about himself.  This movie is lying about important events, and its doing so about an event which is shrouded in mystery.

    Frankly, this movie is BS and I don't think I can watch another movie the director or writer produce.  This is beyond the "ethics" of storytelling.  

    •  It's not a documentary... (0+ / 0-)

      Or even a docu-drama. It's a drama "inspired by factual events." Off the top of my head, examples of other movies inspired by factual events would include "Citizen Kane" with its terribly unfair depiction of Marianne Davies (if you assume Susan Alexander is Marianne Davies) or "Singin' in the Rain" when we know for a fact that people in early Hollywood almost never broke into song.

      "Titanic" is actually a far better comparison than James Frey, because he was actually claiming to tell a true story. "Titanic" was pure fiction inspired by a historical event. I'm sure people who know a lot about what happened on the real Titanic could gives us a long and detailed list of many, many things Cameron's movie got very, very wrong.

      Now residing in Van Nuys, but "LaBobsterofVanNuys" isn't funny and besides, Van Nuys is really part of Los Angeles

      by LABobsterofAnaheim on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 10:45:10 PM PST

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