Depictions of waterboarding in a new movie about the manhunt for Osama bin Laden are “grossly inaccurate and misleading” and the film’s producers should make clear to viewers that the production is a dramatization of actual events, three senior senators said late Wednesday.
The movie “Zero Dark Thirty,” which was released in New York and Los Angeles on Wednesday, dramatically depicts efforts over the past decade to capture and kill the al-Qaeda leader. Producers describe the film as “an exciting hybrid” of investigative reporting and drama that takes dramatic license in chronicling the 10-year hunt.
But senior senators who received advance copies of the movie this week have reacted angrily, saying that the movie may lead viewers to believe inaccurately that coercive CIA interrogation tactics, including waterboarding, led to the eventual death of bin Laden. The al-Qaeda leader was killed in a surprise raid on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in May 2011.