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In lieu of a review, here is  Michael Totten’s  case for seeing Zero Dark Thirty. His piece primarily addresses the controversy surrounding the movie’s depiction of the use of torture, and whether or not such practices led to actionable intelligence.

While ZDT’s action is presented in a matter of fact way, it was engrossing. So now, at least, you too can view a fictionalized version of bin Laden’s end.

In its portrayal of CIA professionals and Seal Team Six there were no overly dramatic scenes where someone freaks out or whines or expresses moral indignation. Rather we see highly talented and dedicated people doing their job excellently.

BTW, Totten is the author of an excellent journalistic account of war and terrorism in Lebanon called  The Road to Fatima Gate .

Articles by John Presnall

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