The movie Zero Dark Thirty (about the hunt and capture of Osama Bin Laden) has been banned in Kuwait.
I’ve already seen the uncut version of the movie so I have a fairly good idea why the movie was banned. Now keep in mind that I personally have a semi-wide open mind of my country, so I’m not so easily offended by foreign (and less than ideal) depiction of it in movies. That been said, I do hope what I have to offer carries some weight as to why I think the movie was banned.
The culprit scenario goes like this, as in it goes in either one of those two scenarios:
- A Kuwaiti gentleman supplied the CIA with the phone number of Abu-Ahmad (his mom’s number at least) in exchange for a Lamborghini car as bribe. I don’t know about you, but I sure think it would take more than a Lamborghini to bribe a Kuwaiti. But hey, that’s just my own personal opinion.
- That same Kuwaiti had met the CIA in a not so believable nightclub scene in Kuwait. The scene depicted Philippino waitresses\bartenders walking and dancing around in a stereo typical disco setting. That was so unbelievable, even to the naive teenager sitting beside me, who thought they surly had meant Dubai and not Kuwait with it.
There you have it, my two cents about why the movie was banned in Kuwait.
All said and done, it was a fine cinematic movie (and so deserving of its 5 Oscar nominations) though albeit a bit unbelievable, especially after witnessing the less-than-believable Kuwaiti scene.
Anyways, here’s the official trailer to the movie: