Seems like the movies just got a little too close to reality for comfort. The movie ‘Zero Dark Thrity’ is causing some controversy that has caught the attention of some legislators in the nation’s capital.
More specifically the Senate Intelligence Committee and Chairman, Sen. Dianne Feistein together with Senators John McCain and Carl Levin who today made public two letters they sent to acting CIA Director Michael Morell, in which they raise concern over the involvement of the agency in the movie.
According to these letters, the dispute arises due to the fact that the movie depicts the use of torture on terrorists, which leads to eventually finding and killing Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind behind the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.
The Senators also wrote Sony Pictures informing them that the movie is ‘grossly inaccurate’ in its details. The Committee has also stated that it will review any contacts that CIA operatives might have had with director Kathryn Bigelow and screenplay writer Mark Boal.
Two torture scenes at the beginning of the movie set the story and have probably created the most controversy. They depict how a man is systematically tortured for years in order to coerce him to confess the date of the attacks. It is uncomfortable to watch.
The Senators are arguing that events didn’t take place as the movie depicts, but are they going too far with this inquiry? After all it’s a movie, based on real events, but it’s a fictional account. Bigelow is known for being a kind, peaceful person, so she must be quite befuddled with the turn of events, I venture to say no filmmaker wants this kind of attention.
But will all this controversy help or hurt Zero Dark Thirty during awards season this year?