Skinny, petite girl lives empty, violent, narrowly moral life on behalf of her state pivoting around her (eventually zealous) drive to capture a very bad man and thereby validate herself.
Then she realises the “empty” bit, and that the future will possibly be filled with nightmares of torture rather than Sex and the City reruns.
Although that would be about the same.
U.S. Senator John McCain, who was tortured during his time as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, said upon watching the film that it left him sick — “because it’s wrong.” In a speech in the Senate, he said, “Not only did the use of enhanced interrogation techniques on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed not provide us with key leads on bin Laden’s courier, Abu Ahmed, it actually produced false and misleading information.” McCain and fellow senators Dianne Feinstein and Carl Levin sent a critical letter to Michael Lynton, chairman of the film’s distributor, Sony Pictures Entertainment, stating, “[W]ith the release of Zero Dark Thirty, the filmmakers and your production studio are perpetuating the myth that torture is effective. You have a social and moral obligation to get the facts right.”