Zero Dark Thirty is objective, journalistic, and doesn't take any sides about how completely badass the CIA is. Dedicated, self-sacrificing professionals, through and through. Like Dick Cheney, David Addington, and James Mitchell, who established the U.S. torture program at such great personal sacrifice.
Yep, this movie's portrayal of who tortures and why is 100% accurate, and it gives us all the best pragmatic arguments against torture so we can come to our own conclusions about HOW FAR WE WOULD BE WILLING TO GO. (There aren't any pragmatic arguments against torture other than, "It's hard for us softhearted Americans to inflict pain on other people, and we'd much prefer just to bake terrorists a cake," correct?). It would take a real simpering liberal or wildly biased human rights interest group not to admit that.
And Maya's transformation into a badass (from shrinking violet who winces at torture to "I'm the motherfucker that found this place"), the most celebrated type in American cinema, is definitely not a central part of the movie, and her deciding to participate in torture is definitely not provided as central evidence of that transformation.
Thank you, Scott. Providing a forum for these kinds of viewpoints is exactly why we have alternative media.
I'm sure that after Dick Cheney saw this movie (and read this review), he did something he hasn't done since he established the torture program in violation of international law. He exhaled.