I called her a macho in the context of our previous discussion when I called men preoccupied with violence, war, patriotism, brotherhood etc. as typical macho types. Zero Dark Thirty has many ingredients of a movie shot by a typical macho. Furthermore there were scenes of torture in a prison which confused many people as pro-torture. Torture is a good thing because it is justified by a higher political goal. But in my opinion these accusations had missed the real intentions of Bigelow. She has been preoccupied with violence during her career because violence is more than entertainment factor for her. She has an intellectual agenda about it. I can't clearly articulate what is her agenda because for that matter I have to dig post-structuralism and French Theory which is not easy. But I do see that themes of violence, prisons, torture, state oppression play a big role in post-modernism.
Bigelow has created her agent Maya's character based on her social and political agendas. For example she consciously portrayed marines as brainless killers in contrast to intelligent Maya. She is a brain, marines are tools. When Maya tortured Iraqi citizens she didn't make an impression of a bad person, on the contrary she was portrayed as one who did a good job in order to get useful information about bin Laden. Her other colleagues ( except another female) were portrayed as losers and good for nothing. It's only Maya who is a hero, others are a bunch of idiots. Then I felt uncomfortable when she called bin Laden "mine" as if he was a property. It was such a pretentious and artificial direction and progression of a story in order to justify director's personal agendas ( I suspect that she wanted to show Maya as an individualist fighting against the system - some kind of leftist ideology at play) - I didn't buy into it at all. On the other hand the film was entertaining.
Edited by mutabor - 1/4/14 at 9:19am