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    Enough voices in the political sphere have made the objection for me to believe that is has validity.  

    The role of movie reviewers (who by full disclosure I have little respect for) and politicians and political activist are completely different; and as different audiences they are viewing the film through different lenses.  For a politician or political activist, the facts matter.  They could care less about the fake drama of the film.

    Now I haven't seen the film, but why leave it to the viewers to decide if torture worked.  We've had congressional hearings that found inexplicably that torture DID NOT work.  

    "Bigelow maintains that everything in the film is based on first-hand accounts, but the waterboarding scene, which is likely to stir up controversy, appears to have strayed from real life. According to several official sources, including Dianne Feinstein, the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, the identity of bin Laden's courier, whose trail led the CIA to the hideout in Pakistan, was not discovered through waterboarding."

    I'm sorry, but I don't think that is a minor fact.  Numerous commentators have made two points -
    1. the movie portrays torture as leading to the capture of Bin Laden (which is contradicted by official accounts)
    2. and (relatedly) that the movie puts its weight on a pro-torture message.

    1 leads to 2 - it is unmistakeable.  If you say torture led to the capture of Bin Laden, but portray it as grotesque or evil, all you are saying is that torture is a necessary evil.  I don't doubt your friends reviews, but I trust these sources more.  

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