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Wednesday 16 January 2013, 10:46

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

Zero Dark Thirty - the new film about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden is attracting a lot of controversy -  but could this actually be less about politics and more to do with awards?

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    Comment number 1.

    Personally I found the films stance to be fairly neutral which was a positive as I don't want a director to tell me that torture is wrong. I can figure that out for myself. For example the first torture scene sickened me but I didn't feel manipulated in any way by it.

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    Comment number 2.

    Not out yet so haven't seen it but seems to me like the opposite of Leni Riefenstahl, showing the US desperate and low enough to torture people just to find one man. From what i've heard its not a film that is celebrating anything and it's not proud of what it's depicting or what happened in the hunt for Bin Laden.

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    Comment number 3.

    Mainstream Hollywood movies have always been propaganda for , and glorification/ justification for American foreign policy/crimes ( they couldn't get technical assistance from the military if they didn't). Surely the outrage should about the American government/military's use of torture , not some toady film-makers uncritical portrayal of it.

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    Comment number 4.

    What bothers me most is the accusations levelled at it by people who haven't actually seen the film. The film has had condemnatory articles written about it by journalists who hadn't actually seen the film, one of these was in fact printed in the Guardian and was a complete hatchet job by a total idiot who has decrying the film based on assumption and thereby tainting people's view of the film, but a view which is inaccurate. I ?*&@!!% hate that. Sure debate the film's politics and create a discussion but please see the film first before making generalised, sweeping, wrong statements.

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    Comment number 5.

    Doh cheswick , that is precisely the cynical marketing tactic that the film-maker are using to try and get people to watch this right wing crap.


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