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Trust Hollywood To Only Show The Glamorous Aspects Of War

LOS ANGELES—According to reviews this week of Kathryn Bigelow’s thriller Zero Dark Thirty, which chronicles the 10-year hunt for Osama bin Laden, the film’s climactic scene features a team of U.S. Navy SEALs shrieking in terror as they gradually kill the al-Qaeda leader by throwing a variety of nearby objects at him. “The mood is tense and silent as SEAL Team Six infiltrates the infamous Abbottabad compound, but then all hell breaks loose when bin Laden emerges from behind a door, causing the whole squadron to start yelling wildly as they pelt him with shoes, cups, and flimsy pieces of drywall,” wrote New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis, who mentioned that the hectic five-minute sequence shows bin Laden stumbling around with his head stuck in a sweatshirt thrown by one of the SEALs, bashing into various fixtures and shouting, “Ow, ow!” “Meanwhile, in the helicopter floating above the hideout, two SEALs scream directly into each other’s faces while they desperately try to fly the aircraft away from bin Laden, who is also screaming throughout the entire scene.” The remainder of the film then reportedly focuses on the SEALs tentatively kicking bin Laden’s corpse before retreating several feet and anxiously watching to see if he is still moving.

Comments (1)

Nicola T.:

Unfortunately the film doesn't show what happened to the doctor who did the DNA tests who has apparently been left to the mercies of Pakistan in jail.

Glad to see Ben Affleck and another producer of Argo thank the intelligence services, the troops and the diplomatic corps. After the leftist lovefest of the rest of the Golden Globes (Sarah Palin being trashed left and right, Bill Clinton being lionized, etc.), it was very refreshing. Plus the win by Argo was fantastic after the Oscar snub.


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