“We believe the film is grossly inaccurate and misleading in its suggestion that torture resulted in information that led to the location of Usama bin Laden,” the letter reads. ”[The film] clearly implies that the CIA”s coercive interrogation techniques were effective in eliciting important information related to a courier for Usama bin Laden. We have reviewed CIA records and know that this is incorrect.”
The bipartisan group of senators asked Sony to add a disclaimer saying that the film is a work of fiction.
But Bigelow — who already received a Golden Globe nomination for best director for the film — and Boal said in a statement to The Wrap that the scene in question is taken out of context.
“This was a 10-year intelligence operation brought to the screen in a two-and-a-half-hour film. We depicted a variety of controversial practices and intelligence methods that were used in the name of finding bin Laden,” the statement reads. “The film shows that no single method was necessarily responsible for solving the manhunt, nor can any single scene taken in isolation fairly capture the totality of efforts the film dramatizes.”
“Zero Dark Thirty” first came under fire last year when some members of Congress alleged that Bigelow and Boal were receiving an unprecedented amount of help from the White House, including even the use of classified documents.