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Monday 20 October 2014

Senators blast Zero Dark Thirty

Director Kathryn Bigelow defended her film Zero Dark Thirty

Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty has come under fire from three senators, who claim it is "grossly inaccurate and misleading".

John McCain, Dianne Feinstein and Carl Levin sent a letter to Sony Pictures chairman and CEO Michael Lynton, in which they write about their "deep disappointment" with the film, reported The Wrap.

The trio insist that the movie about the hunt for Osama bin Laden is "factually inaccurate", and that the torture scenes are not true to real life and could "shape American public opinion in a disturbing and misleading manner".

Signed by Feinstein, the letter ended by saying: "You have a social and moral obligation to get the facts right.

"Please consider correcting the impression that the CIA's use of coercive interrogation techniques led to the operation against Osama bin Laden. It did not."

Kathryn, who won the best director Oscar for The Hurt Locker, and screenwriter Mark Boal responded by denying the claims.

"We depicted a variety of controversial practices and intelligence methods that were used in the name of finding bin Laden. The film shows that no single method was necessarily responsible for solving the manhunt, nor can any single scene taken in isolation fairly capture the totality of efforts the film dramatises," they said in a statement.

"One thing is clear: the single greatest factor in finding the world's most dangerous man was the hard work and dedication of the intelligence professionals who spent years working on this global effort. We encourage people to see the film before characterising it."

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