Very thought provoking review of Katherine Bigelow’s new film.

Zillah Eisenstein



Written two days after the nation-wide launch of ZERO DARK THIRTY; and

One day after the Golden Globe Awards


Zillah Eisenstein

January 14, 2013

Ithaca New York

Distinguished Scholar, Ithaca College



The film starts with a black blank screen and the voices from people stuck in the trade towers on that fateful day, September 11, 2001.   I thought to myself: this is a set up to make sure we are lost to the saddened memory of that day, and the stance that we were wronged—and that this film will right this wrong.


This trope did not work for me so the film did not work.  I thought the story and its telling was corrupt.  I thought it exposed U.S. thuggery with no critique of it.   I thought it screamed the revenge narrative of post- 9/11/2001 with no regret, or hesitation, or ambiguity.

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