One major way Boal and Bigelow fail in their dubious experiments in "objective" film-making is the lack of complicity they instil in the audience, here an endless barrage of names and leads which guarantee progress but mean nothing to us. By reducing a decade's work to a series of inevitable successes, often obtained via torture, they unwittingly promote a meaningless task without any nuance of cinema.
Well at first I was like "omg USA get a grip on human rights" but then I remembered that we got Donald which a thing or two. Also I remembered that I am not even from the US. Anyhow, other than exploring a terrible topic (it's quite distressing to know that waterboarding is still a thing), as a movie it is both well paced and intriguing to watch. I wonder if they lost Osama because of their shitty helicopters.