“Unlikely” Support for ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

Leon Panetta, 9/11 Families Join Chorus of Support for ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ | The Wrap Awards.

The link above is an article written by Steve Pond, one of the best columnists at The Wrap (in my eyes). He’s an insightful, accurate, writer who gets his facts (and his spelling) correct 100% of the time.

Kathryn Bigelow is on the cover of Time Magazine, February, 2013.

Kathryn Bigelow is on the cover of Time Magazine, February, 2013.

On Wednesday I came home to find Netflix had delivered Act of Valor to my mailbox. This film came out in 2012 and used actual Navy SEALs in the cast. I really enjoyed this film and when I went to “grade” it at Netflix, I noticed it received a lot of good reviews from people (many from active military) who said it was one of the most accurate and realistic depictions of what faces today’s military.

Zero Dark Thirty is on that same level. Unless you’re prepared to walk in the shoes of the men who face the kind of danger the SEALs face, you shouldn’t be opening your mouth condemning anything they do … repeat … anything they do. Perhaps that’s why you don’t have one, not one single retired military person coming forward to condemn Zero Dark Thirty.

That could be why Martin Sheen spoke up and told the New York Times that he was incorrectly listed alongside David Clennon and Ed Asner has a critic of the film.

I published a post on Jan. 16 about David Clennon using his AMPAS power and his mouth to boycott Zero Dark Thirty. I’m asking you, now, the reader, to judge for yourself. Go see the film. Not that you can vote, but at least you’ll have all the facts. Perhaps you have a son or daughter, brother or sister, friend or neighbor, or husband or wife serving in the military.

I bet you remember where you were on 9/11. I sure do. I remember feeling helpless afterward. I also remember where I was when President Barack Obama stood at the podium and said that OBL had been killed. I no longer felt so helpless. I felt proud.