January 14, 2013
Great if taken on its own terms
As others have written, the film is not perfect. Some aspects seemed unbelievable. It was not clear which parts were 100% factually accurate, and there was little exploration of cultural/moral or other themes or dilemmas. However, the aim of this movie was to tell a particular story and it is fairly realistic. I am not sure it is a fair critique to say they should have made a different movie. Themes such as how individuals with deep expertise get their views through organizations with multiple and often politicized objectives rang true to me. The depiction of the tremendous difficulties involved in just getting and following a specific lead and the dangers that individuals faced in doing so were fascinating. Of course there is more to the story and there are useful debates to be had about torture, revenge, etc., but most of the public criticisms are motivated by ideology and politics. Taken on its own terms, the movie is great. The final raid sequence was fantastic.
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