There are many examples of filmmakers immortalizing our history, good and bad - several even nominated for Oscars this year (Lincoln, Argo). Yes, filmmakers are putting their own stamp on history by choosing what facts to present and how, but that doesn't limit other filmmakers from telling the same story with a different focus or definition. Whether or not they intend to, filmmakers provide a point of view for the audience to experience our own history. Zero Dark Thirty tries to provide a point of view through which to reflect on the hunt for and killing of Osama bin Laden (OBL). The movie has been the subject of controversy - that torture is shown and that Americans are portrayed as torturers. Both are true, but that way oversimplifies what the movie is attempting to do - yes, torture is shown, but more the consequences of different kinds of torture (no ones fingernails are pulled out, no one is screaming, just whimpering after psychological torture). And yes, Americans are doing it - but unlike other movies that portray torture of prisoners, no one is enjoying it. It's not hard to watch, but it's easy to dislike. So not particularly controversial, effective, but hardly groundbreaking.