18 January 2013 2:19 PM, PST | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

With Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty finally hitting theatres in wide release last weekend, the debate surrounding the Oscar-nominated thriller has intensified. While some viewers have taken issue with the various nuts and bolts (ie. pacing, character development, dialogue) the bigger concern seem to revolve around accuracy, specifically with regards to the use of torture to obtain a key piece of information. While much of the truth remains classified, there is still a general feeling that if a movie's veracity has been called into question, it instantly becomes invalidated. But is this really a fair assessment? It's true that Zero Dark Thirty has been marketed partially based on its faithfulness to actual events, so perhaps the extra scrutiny is warranted. However, I'd like to think that when most of us hear the phrase "based on a true story", we know to take it with a grain of salt. Liberties »

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