The movie "Zero Dark Thirty" created quite the controversy in the United States, but it is even more controversial overseas. A "Zero Dark Thirty" ban began in Pakistan, although according to The NBC News on Feb. 21, the ban is unofficial.
The film has not even screened in Pakistan yet, but leaders have spoken out against the film depicting the hunt and assassination of terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden. There have been unofficial bootlegs and pirated copies floating around the country though.
Moshin Yaseen, the man who runs Pakistan's largest movie chain, said he won't show "Zero Dark Thirty" in his cinemas, but he said it was more about piracy than the theme and story in the movie. However, he did say that he was disappointed in how the film depicted his country and fellow citizens in the film.
Yaseen said that "Zero Dark Thirty" paints an inaccurate description of the people of Pakistan and the filmmakers should have done a better job at depicting various parts of the world. His main reason though, he asserts, is that the movie is already highly pirated in Pakistan and would not be a financial success as a result.
What do you think? Is the "Zero Dark Thirty" ban, unofficial or not, due to financial concerns or the subject matter?
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Shawn S. Lealos is a member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle, the professional film critics’ organization of Oklahoma. He is also working on a book about the Stephen King dollar babies called “Dollar Deal.” To read more of his writing, visit shawnlealos.net.