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I think I understand at least some of the controversy surrounding this film, regarding its factuality and, especially, with respect to its depiction of torture, and I actually went into the cinema really expecting to dislike this film. However, a short way into the film, I found much of my concern about the film's historical accuracy slipping away. Whether U.S. agents did/didn't torture people in the hunt for UBL, I thought that "Zero Dark Thirty," esp. the 1st 1/2, provided a remarkably powerful, deep, mature, thought-provoking consideration of the subject of torture in general. Beyond this, the movie had an engrossing overall story/narrative, just the right tone, rich atmospherics, and, last but not least, terrific acting, all-around, from a wonderful cast. A great piece of film-making. Socializing with group members after the movie at the Rockbottom was fun, as always. Thanks, Doreen for organizing. Again, I think you made the right call in choosing "ZDT" over "Gangster Squad."
2 · January 13
Thought the movie was really well done. Kept my attention through out. The discussion after the movie was interesting also. Discussing not only the controversy of using torture as a method to gather intel but also sharing how we heard about and what we felt when we heard Bin Landen was dead.
0 · January 13
I didn't rsvp because I thought I'd be out of town today, but I'm here. Can I still go?
0 · January 12
I see there are some people in the group who seemed a little anxious about the movie outing.
First, there WILL be an event at the AMC Lowes this weekend. We are going to see the 5:55PM show. Be aware that this movie is 2hrs 37minutes long...plus previews. So I selected an earlier show so we can still have an after event.
Second, the AMC Lowes only pre-releases a few moive times prior to the Wednesday before the weekend, usually for newer movies, and even then not all the available times are listed. Occasionally when a huge new movie is opening, they will offer tickets in advance and if that happens I will notify the group.
Third, though this is not the opening weekend for this film. There has been rave reviews and lots of buzz so I still STRONGLY advise you to go to Fandango and buy your tickets ahead of time.
1 · January 9