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Zero Dark Thirty
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Zero Dark Thirty
《猎杀本拉登》

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Date: Jan 14 2013

Themes: News

Grammar: Contractions and Abbreviations

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When terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden was killed by the US Navy last year, a lot of people said, “Wow, that would make a great action movie.” Well, now it is one.

Zero Dark Thirty follows the story of the manhunt and what lead up to the raid, and then depicts Navy SEALs sneaking into Bin Laden’s compound via helicopter. The film is directed by Kathryn Bigelow, who won an Academy Award for her last military film, The Hurt Locker.

There has been a lot of controversy around Zero Dark Thirty. The movie is very realistic. The US government provided the filmmakers with a lot of information while they were doing research. Some believe the film shows things that should still be classified. Others have criticized the film for showing torture. They say it implies that torture is an acceptable way to get information from enemies.

Learn military English and find out what Jason and Vanessa think in this English lesson.

恐怖分子首领奥萨马·本·拉登 (Osama Bin Laden) 去年被美国海军击毙后,许多人感叹:“哇,这简直能拍一部精彩的动作片。”现在便有了一部这样的作品。

《猎杀本拉登》(Zero Dark Thirty) 讲述了美国海豹突击队追捕本·拉登的故事以及突袭原因,描述了突击队借助直升飞机潜入本·拉登藏身之所的情景。该片由凯瑟琳·毕格罗 (Kathryn Bigelow) 执导,她曾凭借上一部军事题材电影《拆弹部队》(The Hurt Locker) 赢得了奥斯卡奖。

影片《猎杀本拉登》一度引起了诸多争议。电影内容非常真实。制片人在做调研时,美国政府提供了大量信息。有些人认为,电影讲述的事件仍属机密。而其他人则指责该电影充斥着酷刑镜头。他们表示,影片暗示,为了从敌人那里获取信息,采用酷刑是可以接受的。

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Vanessa

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Jason:  I can’t believe how fast they came out with an action movie about Osama Bin Laden.

Vanessa:  It’s kind of astonishing actually. That’s all I could think when I heard about it, was, “Wow!” It’s kind of too soon for me.

Jason:  Yeah I guess they felt is was just the perfect scene for an action movie, all those helicopters landing in the compound, and they just really couldn’t wait at all. They must have started working on it that week.

Vanessa:  It wouldn’t surprise me, actually. And you know, I remember hearing people talk about that when it happened, that it was just the perfect real-life action movie.

Jason:  But apparently people say that it’s pro-torture, that it shows it in, like, a positive light.

Vanessa:  Really? I heard just the opposite. I heard that it was almost like anti-torture propaganda and some people were upset about portraying the military in a light that they thought was negative.

Jason:  Wow, that’s pretty wild when you get something that can be interpreted either way like that. But I guess that’s kind of the sign of a good movie, maybe, that everyone can take what they want from it. That it’s complicated.

Vanessa:  Hmmm. I guess I’ll just have to see the movie for myself.

 

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Both Jason and Vanessa are surprised by how quickly a movie has been made about the killing of Osama Bin Laden by Navy SEALs last year. The real-life events were so much like an action movie though, it seems to make sense.

Jason says the film has been criticized for showing torture in a positive light. Vanessa has also heard that the film is propaganda against torture. The movie is made by an Oscar-winning film maker, so it’s no surprise that it’s complicated.

Do you think it’s too soon for Zero Dark Thirty? What other real-life events would make good action movies?

 

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yuminaga

yuminagaSuper Member!

China

Its no surprise that it was so fast to came out with a action movie  about the killing of Osaka Bin Laden  because this’ s american time in this world but its almost hard think of a movie about killing of Saddame that is came out as well .Speaking of killing Bin Ldaen ,there has been a lot of controverse ,anyway ,i am curIous about the film and just hope that can take what i want from it ,just a dream that it could give me it  streight .

08:53 AM Jan 20 2013 |

Antsa

Madagascar

American so called realistic movies are always biased to put a positive light on american government opinions and decisions.

12:44 PM Jan 15 2013 |

may9795

Iraq

The writer Harun Yahya in his book The Evolution Deceit, has argued that the root of terrorisim is Darwinism and materialism, which has resulted in all kinds of disasters. Togather with the spread of darwinism and materialism philosophy the answer to “what is human being?” has changed. People used to answer :”Human being is created by God and has to live according to the beautified morality He teaches.”Now people has begun to think that “man came into being by chance and is an animal who developed by means of the fight for survival.” There is a heavy price to pay for this great deception.


     The author concludes that the violent ideologies such as racism, fascisim and communism, and many other barbaric world views based on conflict have all drawn strength from this deception.


    so one has to look for the root of terrorism. 

12:24 PM Jan 15 2013 |

hanirateb

hanirateb

Jordan

the question to ask at first is  , did they realy kill osama bin laden , or they claimed that after they found out that he was dead an earlier time somewhere in pakistan ??!!, they have shown us only a fake picture of him killed edited by some novice using photoshop , they didn’t show us video for his killing, they even claimed that they get red of his body in the ocean, to make it easy for them to hide the truth and complete their lie. when they killed the sons of saddam , they showed us ugly video for their dead bodies in the mortuary. this movie is a continuation for the big lie, they created the legend called osama bin laden and they end it on purpose.

08:14 AM Jan 15 2013 |

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you-_-minw

you-_-minw

Yemen

Asked preacher famous German Bieber Vogel Abu Hamza in a news forum on the relationship between terrorism and Islam!!



He replied in all wisdom:



From that sparked the First World War? Muslims?!


From that sparked World War II? Muslims?!


Who has killed 20 million human soul Indigenous Australian?! Muslims?!


Who sent bombs to hit Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Muslims?!


Who has killed more than the 100 million Indians of Indians in North America? Muslims?!


Who has killed more than 50 million Indians of Indians in South America? Muslims?!


Who Pastrakkak about 180 million Africans as slaves and had died about 77% of them were thrown in the Atlantic Ocean? Muslims?!


No they are not Muslims!!


Then he added, saying: above all, you have to specify the meaning of terrorism well; Had a non-Muslim has to do something wrong, they then just be a crime, but while the Muslim committing the same mistake it then described terrorism!!!


So first you do not double standard and you will know who they are terrorists


True …. God and the biggest???? ♥ ♥ ♥

08:02 PM Jan 14 2013 |

you-_-minw

you-_-minw

Yemen

Asked preacher famous German Bieber Vogel Abu Hamza in a news forum on the relationship between terrorism and Islam!!



He replied in all wisdom:



From that sparked the First World War? Muslims?!


From that sparked World War II? Muslims?!


Who has killed 20 million human soul Indigenous Australian?! Muslims?!


Who sent bombs to hit Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Muslims?!


Who has killed more than the 100 million Indians of Indians in North America? Muslims?!


Who has killed more than 50 million Indians of Indians in South America? Muslims?!


Who Pastrakkak about 180 million Africans as slaves and had died about 77% of them were thrown in the Atlantic Ocean? Muslims?!


No they are not Muslims!!


Then he added, saying: above all, you have to specify the meaning of terrorism well; Had a non-Muslim has to do something wrong, they then just be a crime, but while the Muslim committing the same mistake it then described terrorism!!!


So first you do not double standard and you will know who they are terrorists


True …. God and the biggest???? ♥ ♥ ♥

08:02 PM Jan 14 2013 |

OlgaMyers2006

Russian Federation

 I have not seen this film. Where can I see it?

07:03 PM Jan 14 2013 |

may9795

Iraq

I think it is too difficult to believe Hollywood movie about a muslim person. i saw  movies which talk about the American soldier in Iraq and everyone of them is fake. They portraite reality as they want to see it.

06:29 PM Jan 14 2013 |

I M P E R I V M

United States

I can bet that this movie will trigger a terrorist attack, just wait and see….

06:04 PM Jan 14 2013 |

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Englishty

Englishty

Egypt

Because of all the events that contain so much of violence these days all over the world i’m not worried at all about the action movies, every day we hear an awful and shocking things happening all the time as the previous lesson on EB the school accident and killing 10 innocent kids and so on. Not surprised about Zero Dark Thirty cause everything is fast these days.

05:43 PM Jan 14 2013 |

ryanman

Nigeria

thut wus verdy mean about thee vedeo. i thinc thut it wus cool

04:58 PM Jan 14 2013 |

ola33

ola33

Japan

Surprisingly the movie, Zero Dark Thirty, done by Kathryn Bigelows, the director of the same genre movie Hurt Locker, is leading the box office charts in Canada and US. What couldn’t have been said about Hurt Locker that popped up on Oscar ceremony out of the blue with winning nominations.


About real events action packed movies produced by Hollywood – well, it’s an open question, there’re lots of innaccuracies! Take for instance, the movie U-571, a real event movie but somehow instead of British personnel from HMS Bulldog who first captured the naval machine from U-110 in May 1941, we see Americans. A 1941 – was long ago before Americans entered the war.


Or the movie Patriot is a far cry from the reality. It’s not a history. The director should have done a homework better.


So, that’s why i prefer Hobbit, Avatar, or Hunger Games and other fantasies that Hollywood is the best in. What good is good.

04:44 PM Jan 14 2013 |

dreadslayer

Turkey

we dont trust hollywood.what are they trying to prove ?.they caused died a lot of american soldier because of dreaming of invade saudi arabia.last time they made a movie about Muslims and showed Muslims as if they are terrorist.that’s all wrong.

03:09 PM Jan 14 2013 |

mega.pacho

mega.pacho

Colombia

yea men

12:59 PM Jan 14 2013 |

friendlover

Turkey

I don’t think I am gonna watch this movie because I don’t trust Hollywood about this. Probably they will show all muslims like terrorist. Hollywood do that so often, even in an unrelated movie. In this movie, I don’t think they will be objective.


Osama Bin Laden might be a terrorist and I will never support someone like him. But that doesn’t make all muslims terrorists like American movies shows. On the contrary Islam is against to terrorism. Anyway I hope I am wrong.


I realized wile watching 24 how movie makers unaware about us but they make movies about us. In a season in 24 for terrorist who was planning to attact Los Angeles was Turkish but they were speaking Arabic and they had Arab names. Even their flag wasn’t Turkish flag. Then I realized how these film makers unaware. I think it’s not fair.

12:39 PM Jan 14 2013 |

Wielomian

Wielomian

Poland

I agree with you Sajjad. The title is a bit weird and it’s hard to translate into other language. Maybe it is necessary to see move in order to find out what it means and how it should be translated.

12:14 PM Jan 14 2013 |

Wielomian

Wielomian

Poland

In my opinion no one should be offended because of movie… It is just a director vision, some kind of art… People can see in that what they want, but I think they shoudn’t treat it too serious:)

12:11 PM Jan 14 2013 |

Sajjad Monti

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I have no idea about this movie, maybe I watch it someday, but something is very interesting for me, the name of the movie, Zero Dark Thirsty!!!


I have some problem to translate it to Persian!!! :D ;) It’s a little hard!

12:02 PM Jan 14 2013 |

ekidz220

ekidz220

China

I think the movie is fine, it would generate more interest while people still have the memories of Osama bin laden fresh in their minds. But I can see how this might offend some people, especially Muslims or Christian. 


I personally would not pay to see it because I am not a fan of this type of movie. I cant think of any real life event that would make a good action movie, perhaps one that has man fighting a wild animal?

10:39 AM Jan 14 2013 |

you-_-minw

you-_-minw

Yemen

I think  make film about this topic its make abig questions  and Controversial media  so as Muslim i want to side that we most respect   religions, whether you are Muslim or Christian.


and  my opinion  that   Osama Bin Laden  is not a  Terrorist  bout I think that media  can make even u be  Terrorist  >>  this is my opinion

10:05 AM Jan 14 2013 |

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