*Zero Dark Thirty*

I didn’t think much of it.  Take away the topic and the controversy over the torture and it is quite an ordinary movie, albeit with less sparkle and character development than even a lot of standard Hollywood fare.  It fails to be thoughtful on its main issues, no matter what your point of view.  The technical execution of the compound-storming scene is very good, but that virtue shows the movie itself to reflect some of the weaknesses of its parent nation — the United States — namely in having good military technique but a weak grasp of the broader issues and little interest in going deep.

I don’t regret having seen it, but I would regret it even less had they not made it in the first place.


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