Torture in movies is everywhere, and it's nothing new.
Someone's always getting strapped to a chair and being interrogated and slapped around or worse.
It's even in children's movies. Consider the water-powered, life-sucking Machine in The Princess Bride or the electricution scene in The Incredibles. Or the most brutal torture scenes in Reservoir Dogs or Casino Royale or the Jason Bourne movies.
A new debate about torture on the silver screen has arisen even before the release of “Zero Dark Thirty“ about the CIA's work to capture Osama bin Laden. The movie was widely released last weekend.
Amnesty International protests dotted the country as people reacted to the graphic scenes in the first 45 minutes of the movie.
Though Sony filmmakers say the film does not advocate torture, others say its graphic depictions were over the top at a time when the U.S. is still reeling from the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Though Zero Dark Thirty is a story based in fact, aren't most movies including the depiction of torture fully fictional?
But does it say about us – Americans or anyone who sits through a movie full of torture scenes?
The question: Is the portrayal of torture in movies/TV neutral entertainment? What do you think?