"Zero Dark Thirty" not good enough to justify torture fantasies

"Zero Dark Thirty," director Kathryn Bigelow's truthy-but-not-a-documentary-but-maybe-it-kinda-is thriller about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, opened in New York and Los Angeles this week. I watched a screener last night. I thought it kind of sucked. There's a lot of buzz about what a great work of art ZDT is. I don't get it. In reviews of ZDT, fawning critics reflexively note that she directed Oscar-winning "Hurt Locker." Guys, she directed "Point Break," too.

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The teaser trailer for Kathryn Bigelow's controversial Zero Dark Thirty hits the web

Before May 2, 2011, Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow was working on a movie about the manhunt for Osama bin Laden. After May 2, 2011, she had to rework her movie a bit, because that manhunt officially ended when SEAL Team 6 tracked down their target and killed him. Then it was revealed that Bigelow got some help from the CIA, which no one minded at all. And then she was told that her movie, which depicts a successful mission by the current president and the military to find the world's most wanted terrorist -- and was set to be released in October -- might look like propaganda and influence the presidential election in November, so it is now being released in December. But here's an even more interesting piece of information about Zero Dark Thirty: Chris Pratt is in it. Parks and Recreation's Chris Pratt. That Chris Pratt.

'Zero Dark Thirty' trailer: Kathryn Bigelow hunts for Osama bin Laden [/Film]