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Kathryn Bigelow's follow-up to the Oscar-winning "The Hurt Locker," "Zero Dark Thirty," was a topic of debate even before screenwriter Mark Boal started writing it. 

The film tells the inside story of the hunt for Osama bin Laden, and deals with a number of touchy subjects along the way. Chief among them is the no-holds-barred look at torture -- or "enhanced interrogation methods" -- which has offended some. In fact, some critics have even gone as far as to say the movie is pro-torture, which is a stance Bigelow seeks to clarify.

"They were difficult to shoot, those sequences," Bigelow explains of the torture scenes early in the film. "I wish it was not part of our history, but it was."

There is one extended torture scene fairly early on in "Zero Dark Thirty" that features, among other things, Jason Clarke's character Dan waterboarding a detainee. Though the »

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