Zero Dark Thirty is a Movie Loosely Based on Osama Bin Laden

analytical Essay
755 words
755 words

Summary/Plot: The movie Zero Dark Thirty is a fictional account, loosely based on the finding and killing of Osama Bin Laden and his associates. The film details U.S. and foreign government interagency cooperation between organizations, such as the military, CIA, FBI, and Pakistan ISI, to track down and kill Osama Bin Laden. The story centers on certain CIA agents and the methods used to extract information from alleged terrorists so Bin Laden’s location could be determined. Set in the threatening regions of the Middle East, CIA operative Maya, whose only job at the CIA has been to find where Bin Laden is hiding, and Dan, who teaches Maya how the CIA operates in Pakistan, are assigned to work together in Pakistan’s U.S. Embassy. While in Pakistan, they interrogate and torture a prisoner thought to be connected to Osama Bin Laden. After a difficult interrogation, the prisoner finally tells the CIA about a messenger who works for Osama Bin Laden. The prisoner ends up giving the CIA the wrong name of the messenger, but they find out the real name by tapping the messenger’s mother’s phone. By tracing the call and following their suspect back to the compound by the Pakistan Military Academy, SEAL Team 6 were able to find and eventually kill Osama Bin Laden. In the end, Maya confirms the body to be Osama Bin Laden.
Historical Significance: The September 11th, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, orchestrated by Al-Qaeda and Bin Laden, were the events that launched the U.S. War on Terrorism. Al-Qaeda’s attack on the United States was carried out by members of radicalized Islamic groups, whose objective was to spread jihad against the secular influence of the West. This tragic event provided the historical b...

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...viewer recognizes that agencies, such as the CIA, are valuable in the War on Terror for the data collecting they’re involved in. On examining of the film, the movie’s setting, agencies involved, and the subject matter targeted, the appropriate historical and social themes were connected to the plot. The circumstances in the film depicting the aftermath of September 11th attacks and the U.S. government’s role in tracking Osama Bin Laden were realistic. After the 9/11 attacks, Americans felt that radicalized Islamic groups and their leaders that encouraged these followers to attack America were enemies to their country. Therefore, the film didn’t have to have a poster of Al-Qaeda or Osama Bin Laden to be used as propaganda to make the point that the radicalized Islamic group was the enemy of the United States; this decision had already been made by the United States.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the movie zero dark thirty is a fictional account based on the finding and killing of osama bin laden and his associates.
  • Analyzes how the 9/11 attacks on the world trade center and pentagon, orchestrated by al-qaeda and bin laden, launched the u.s. war on terrorism.
  • Analyzes how the characters, dan and maya, exemplify the role of u.s. government employees in the track down of osama bin laden.
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