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Zero Dark Thirty tells the wrong truth

The hunt for bin Laden could make a great film. This isn’t it

By Tom Streithorst  

Jessica Chastain as Maya, a CIA operative, in "Zero Dark Thirty"

Kathryn Bigelow has always had a talent for violence. In Near Dark (1987), redneck vampires terrorise a dive bar. In Blue Steel (1989), Ron Silver gets aroused fondling a female police officer’s gun. In Point Break (1991), surfer/bank robber Patrick Swayze sets a gas station on fire while wearing a Ronald Reagan mask and eventually rides a wave so big it kills him. Even her first short film, made in 1978 when she was still a…

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