This last week the controversies surrounding Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty seemed to have become louder and louder with each nomination announcement it received. Although this may feel like a recent thing, the film has had negative whispers surrounding it since before the camera started to roll.
At first it was accused of being too pro liberal and a propaganda movie to help Obama back into the White House. When it became clear this was not the case, rather the opposite in fact (being neither pro liberal nor pro conservative nor a propaganda film), the dispute developed into numerous off shoot topics which have been increasingly talked about this last month or so. 
One of the off shoots was, where did this information (used in the film) come from and was it accurate? If so what were the legal ramifications? It is claimed by some that this information must have come from people who actually worked on the mission to find Osama Bin Laden, which if true, is a breach of national security and is a criminal offense. If film makers found access to those who worked on the covert operation is it possible our enemies can get hold of the information? Another argument is whether torture was used to extract information from suspects in reality. Those in power say it was not, although what former or current government would admit to such an atrocious act?! If it did happen, the next argument would be that the film makers over exaggerated it, naturally! So loud have these complaints have become has triggered a Senate investigation over the claims. The final accusation is that by having graphic torture scenes in the movie is actually an endorsement of it and that it is a successful interrogation technique. 
The film producers and film studio, however, disagree and that they “stand by the film”. Kathryn stated during an acceptation speech for winning two awards from the New York Film Critics Circle Awards, “I thankfully want to say that I’m standing in a room of people who understand that depiction is not endorsement, and if it was, no artist could ever portray inhumane practices.” While the movie’s script writer, Mark Boal said “It’s a movie. I’ve been saying from the beginning it’s a movie. That shouldn’t be too confusing. It’s in cinemas, and if it’s not totally obvious, a CIA agent wasn’t really an Australian [Jason Clarke] that was on a lot of TV shows, and Jessica Chastain isn’t really a CIA agent; she’s a very talented actress. But I think most American audiences understand that.” 
It seems like the producers are encouraging consumers to think for themselves, to interpret the film and ask the difficult questions that arises from it. Talking about these issues help us to grow and decide what we would like from the world we live in. If that was the sole intention of the film, then it has been fulfilled it as the world is talking about it! With everyone chiming in and it’s only just had its wide release, then it’s going to be a long month to the Oscars! Even after that award season the debate will continue although maybe at a quieter volume. One thing is to be certain is that Zero Dark Thirty will be picked away at until it reveals all its information, similar to its torture theme, before it is let go free.