probably bigelow’s best film to date. most of her early films were crap, though point break has some entertainment to it. hurt locker was good enough to watch, but not a best picture in my opinion.
this one is very detached and clinical. it presents things seemingly without judgment of any kind. there’s an uproar about whether or not it justifies torture, etc., but that’s missing the point. the point is that the torture occurred and so did everything else. all to find one guy. all because of one event. it’s a pretty pathetic chapter in our nation’s history. so easily distracted from the things that really matter, so easily led to massively overreact. at the same time, that raid and killing ubl was an incredible catharsis for so many americans. hopefully this film can cause us to reflect upon the lost decade of 2001-2011. hopefully his death, and getting out of the region, will allow us to move on.Watched in theater