Zero Dark Thirty – Tasteless and Unnecessary

I don’t understand why this movie had to be made.

After nearly a decade of hunting the mastermind behind the largest terrorist attack on U.S. soil ever, starting two wars in vain and costing hundreds of thousands of lives between soldiers and civilians, isn’t it enough that we can finally say that we got Osama bin Laden and that those 3,000 people killed in the 9/11 attacks have been avenged???

I’m not saying that Kathryn Bigelow (the director) didn’t have the right to make this movie … I just think that after all our nation has been through in the last decade after that horrific day, I don’t think the American people need an action movie out of Hollywood to solidify that we got ’em. And we wonder why other countries look at us as a nation of reckless cowboys who hold nothing sacred but the almighty dollar and an endless barrage of empty boasts of freedom.

Aside from the reported inaccuracies with regards to the use of torture in finding bin Laden’s whereabouts, I liken it to video games that tread dangerously close to events that have just recently taken place. I’m not a huge 1st person shooter fan myself, but I enjoy games like the Grand Theft Auto series – taking place in a fictional world modeled after real-world cities, and the Ghost Recon series – taking place in the real world, but with fictional conflicts. As far as simulations of wars past, I guess I don’t really mind games that revisit World Wars 1 & 2 at this point because they took place 70+ years ago at this point, though I can certainly still see how they could be deemed insensitive by our grandparents and great grandparents who may have very well fought in those wars themselves.

For the last decade we’ve been inundated by pictures of war and watching our country turned upside-down by new security measures and an ever-surmounting debt that will take generations to pay off. For most of us, May 2, 2011 was a day of relief when word traveled around the globe of this terrorist leader’s demise. We’ve been living the aftermath every single day for the last decade – it doesn’t need to be turned into a Hollywood blockbuster, too.

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