There's torture shown all through the beginning of "Zero Dark Thirty," there's no doubt about that. But whether that should taint the whole film is another question.

At the movie's Washington screening Tuesday night attended by director Kathryn Bigelow, screenwriter Mark Boal, actor Chris Pratt, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., and a number of prominent Washington journos, former senator and Motion Pictures Association of America Chairman Chris Dodd defended the movie. "It's a movie, again this isn't a documentary. This is a movie, it is a dramatization," Dodd told the crowd after everyone was safely inside and away from the group of protesters standing outside the Newseum.

Dodd said he didn't think people should just be focusing on the "enhanced interrogation aspect" of the new film. "And the fact that we're sitting here and bickering a bit over whether or not there's a scene or two in this movie that some people think [captures] an acknowledgement or an acceptance or approval of a certain strategy, I think misses the point entirely," Dodd said.