Zero Dark Thirty: The Dramatization Of The Film Zero Dark Thirty

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Presented as “the story of history’s greatest manhunt for the world’s most dangerous man” (Mayer), Zero Dark Thirty is the dramatization of the search for al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Centering on the work of Maya Lambert, a Central Intelligence Agency officer, the film has raised controversy due to its historical inaccuracy in depicting torture. The film justifies torture by portraying that enhanced interrogation techniques provided key information in the hunt for Osama bin Laden. In the film, Maya Lambert locates Osama bin Laden by following a lead from a tortured detainee. However, the information that led to the killing of the al-Qaeda leader was the result of tireless research and deductive reasoning. Because many people will choose this movie over research to learn about the event, its inaccurate portrayal of history may misleadingly shape the public’s understanding of the effectiveness of torture. In 2003, Maya accompanies Dan, a fellow C.I.A. officer, to a secret location for interrogation of Ammar, a detainee who they believe is associated with the hijackers in the attacks of the World Trade Center. The character Ammar is based on Ammar al-Baluchi, the real-life nephew of al Qaeda leader Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Dan threatens and tortures Ammar to extract …show more content…
Although Ammar eventually reveals information about a personal courier, Dan and Maya do not known if this information is reliable. Nonetheless, Maya strongly believes that the courier is the key to finding Osama bin Laden. The information obtained by other people working on the case is not as important to her. This portrays to the audience that Maya’s intuition is more reliable than the work of hundreds of military and intelligence

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