But I’m not hopeful. And I don’t care. The voices who have slammed Ms. Bigelow, and the Oscar voters who snubbed her for a Best Director nomination-- are clearly too caught up in their rage that “Zero Dark Thirty” does not heap shame onto the portion of our war effort that involved aggressive and stark methods of questioning.
There is comic irony from the critics who can sit through a thousand movies employing some degree of dramatic license, but have no tolerance for it here. Responding to prattling detractors who say the film attributes the mission’s success directly to enhanced interrogations, Ms. Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal replied in a statement:
"The film shows that no single method was necessarily responsible for solving the manhunt, nor can any single scene taken in isolation fairly capture the totality of efforts the film dramatizes.”
Make no mistake, “Zero Dark Thirty” will send war-haters into the streets itching to text Michael Moore about what a horrible country we are.
But as our nation appears sadly poised to retreat from battlefields still teeming with combatants, viewers appreciative of our precious successes will enjoy a chronicle that honors those who have made them possible.