Movie Analysis : Zero Dark Thirty By Kathryn Bigelow

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In 2015 an American Values survey administered by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) revealed startling data concerning American 's view of Muslims. According to the survey, "A majority (56 percent) of Americans agree that the values of Islam are at odds with American values and way of life, while roughly four in ten (41 percent) disagree... In 2011, Americans were divided in their views of Islam (47 percent agreed, 48 percent disagreed)" (Jones). This survey demonstrates that in the last couple of years, Americans perception of Muslims has declined. Several factors could be contributing to this decline, including Islamophobic rhetoric and images found in American film and journalistic media. These negative images further…show more content…
Later on, several other attacks are shown such as the May 29, 2004, attack on Westerners and non-Muslims in Khobar, Saudi Arabia, the July 7, 2005, London bus bombing, and the May 1, 2010, New York Times Square attempted car bombing. Several attacks affect Maya, who is shot at by Al Qaida terrorists while trying to leave her home and her CIA co-workers. One of such was the September 20, 2008, car bomb attack at the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan where Maya and Jessica a fellow CIA analyst were socializing after work. Later, Jessica dies in the December 30, 2009, Camp Chapman car bomb explosion where she was supposed to meet with an informant who had classified information on the whereabouts of Bin Laden 's trusted courier. The portrayal of these terrorist attacks serves as a reminder to the audience of how bad they were consequently causing the film to appear more realistic. One of the central and most controversial aspects of Zero Dark Thirty is the usage and depiction of "enhanced interrogation" to gather information on the whereabouts of Al Qaida members. At the beginning of the film the first visual viewers have is a beaten Middle Eastern prisoner named Ammar surrounded by people in black masks in a dark building. Jack walks into the room and says, "I own you, Ammar, you belong to me." Throughout the film, various methods of torture are used, including prolonged periods

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