By Prisilla Contreras-Soto
The cinema should not have to put up with anyone’s issues about the subject of any film. Movies are works of art that attract viewers for entertainment purposes.
When walking into a theater, most people do not take it as an opportunity to learn the truth about certain subjects or historical events. Unless otherwise stated, a film is understood to be fictional or at least somewhat fictional.
For many years now, filmmakers have been releasing movies that are not suitable for a number of viewers, but it has never reached a point where the government has wanted to intervene.
The new movie “Zero Dark Thirty” from director Kathryn Bigelow, has received attention from a number of Senators who complained the movie is falsely portraying the events leading up to the capture of Osama Bin Laden.
According to Senators McCain and Feinstein, the inaccuracy of the torture scenes could give a bad name to Americans. The film depicts scenes of water boarding, a well known controversial torture technique.
The depiction of these scenes can also show a negative side to the way the CIA performs its tasks. People who would normally look like heroes might be perceived as merciless soldiers fighting for death.
It must not be forgotten, however, that the movie was filmed as an action packed drama. Any scene filmed in the movie was made for pure theatrical effect.
Although movies are meant for entertainment, there are political ramifications from releasing a movie of this nature. Investigations are currently being held regarding the CIA’s leaking of confidential material to the filmmakers.
Moreover, information regarding issues of this subject matter could be detrimental to the troops that still fight over seas. That being said, it should not suffer the scrutiny it is under by the government.
The movie “Zero Dark Thirty” was made for big screen purposes, so it is irrational for the senators to be concerned with scenes shown in the film. It should not matter that the movie is not historically accurate.
When looking at the issue as a whole, it is not fair that “Zero Dark Thirty,” or any other film, be targeted for its depiction of past events.
A movie might state that it is based on true events, but it is known that films claiming this have never provided a complete true story of events that happened unless that film is a documentary.
Just as a book turned into a film is not fully accurate, history also turned into a film will never be truly accurate.
Senator Feinstein even went so far as to send a letter, with support of other senators, to Sony Pictures, to make their dislike for the film known. They told the head of Sony Pictures to publicly announce that part of the movie was fictional.
Cinema should not have to remind viewers that the movie they are watching is not real. It is doubtful that the audiences of cinema use it as a source for the truth. Even if Sony does release a public statement of inaccuracy in scenes, it is likely that the majority of viewers of the film have already formed a perception of the U.S. government.
Sony Pictures is displaying the film as is, and they are not doing so to cause problems between the citizens of the U.S. and the government.
The government interfering with the cinema is unacceptable, whether it is with the film “Zero Dark Thirty” or with any other film.
A big screen film should have the acceptance to show the portrayal of any historical event, whether the film chooses to show it as fictional or non-fiction.
Nicole Calinawan/The Poly Post
“Zero Dark Thirty”
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