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Slow-burning and thought-provoking, Zero Dark Thirty is an extraordinary piece of modern cinema. Chronicling the decade-long hunt for Osama Bin Laden, Zero Dark Thirty follows the story of Maya, a CIA operative on her first assignment. Maya’s first task it to oversee the interrogation of Al Qaeda prisoners, following the attack on the world trade center.
First, the film explores how torture affects both the recipient and the torturer, with Maya becoming more desensitised as the film goes on. Once Obama actions a worldwide ban on violent interrogation techniques, Maya, who was visibly shocked by them initially, seems to mourn the loss of the fruits of such methods.