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A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May, 2011.
That's a very grudging three stars, because — like Flight — there's more to chew on than I initially realized, but I still think it's kind of a crappy movie. Let me count the ways:
1) The first third in particular wore me down. I exceedingly dislike the way Bigelow transforms 7/7, the 2008 Islamabad Marriott bombing and the bombing of Camp Chapman into standard suspense setpieces (when will that explosive go off?). The latter particularly rubbed the wrong way: the longer Bigelow keeps intercutting between Maya's chat window and the guilelessly optimistic CIA officials awaiting their big break is downright sadistic. (It was just another gchat session UNTIL.) Is there intent here to make the viewer tensely ever-expectant of…
I feel deeply conflicted by this film. While I admire its scope I have great difficulties with the way it presents it, both in content and in cinematic quality.
Let me start by saying that Bigelow should earn nothing but respect for taking on such an ambitious project. I am not a big fan of hers as a director (and she betrays here weaknesses here as well), but I always admire artists who dare to push the boat out a bit further than the rest or take on a challenge with both hands.
Chronicling a decade long man-hunt for the world's public enemy number one is no small task. Mark Boal's script comes across as fastidiously researched, giving us a…
Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow’s controversial drama about the ten-year manhunt for Osama bin Laden, comes with more baggage than most movies. It was released a mere year after the culmination of the investigation that finished with bin Laden being killed in Pakistan. The film has been plagued by vocal detractors criticising its stance on torture whilst the war on terror still remains a contentious subject for politicians and public alike. It is therefore a film that is impossible to evaluate on its own merits as it is intrinsically linked to the politics of our age.
Bigelow and writer-producer, Mark Boal, smartly navigate this perilous minefield delivering a tense thriller and investigative drama that follows one CIA officer’s obsessive quest…
"It's her against the world." - The Wolf
Ah...I feel sick. That was officially the most intense cinematic experience I've ever had. Picture this: a black-box theatre that's more like a small screening room, every seat taken, surround sound. It opens with a black screen, with only the sounds of the weeping, panicking victims of the 9/11 attacks. It's uncomfortable, it's dark, and it's sure as hell upsetting. Welcome to Zero Dark Thirty, kids; the tone is set.
There's been much controversy over the use of torture to make the 'good guys' armour look more than just a bit tarnished, and the furore is justified. In the first 30 minutes, there are numerous instances of brutal, humiliating, unrelenting torture, that…
This movie commits two cardinal sins of film-making.
The first is that it doesn't build up the threat. What's at stake? We are all aware that this is based on allegedly real events, but the goal these characters are so vehemently pursuing doesn't feel important because the threat is never seen. He was allegedly responsible for many acts of terrorism in real life, but where is this *in the movie*? There's a quick allusion to 9/11 in the beginning, but that is just not enough. I felt the same way at the end as I did at the start because nobody was feeling any effects of the threat at any point throughout the entire story. Simply put, it feels like…
Zero Dark Thirty comes as one of the most critically acclaimed films of the year. Jessica Chastain has been nominated for an Oscar and multiple other awards. It's sparked debate with it's scenes of torture. There's a lengthy and very interesting debate about it in Dirk's review thread. All of this had me really curious what I'd make of it.
Well I gotta say I was a bit underwhelmed. I could tell you my political views, but I'd rather just talk about it simply as a film.
As a film, I felt it was good but nowhere near as good as the critical praise would suggest. It's damn near 3 hours long so I was very surprised at the lack…
Re-watching it now I can see why after the first watch all I could remember about it was the thrilling climax - the whole first act is a series of unpleasant (and tedious) interrogations, enhanced and otherwise. The middle brightens things up a bit with a bit more boots-on-ground mystery-chasing, but nothing on the level of the climax.
Hard not to compare this to The Hurt Locker, compared to which this gives off a queasy Michael Bay-ish stink, kinda smells like whatever body spray's being currently used by army recruiters hanging around outside high school football games.
Fascinatingly pointless. A movie about blank stares and lazy-minded people working very hard.
Opening with phone calls from 9-11 was a good reminder of why we are in this mess. Even today, when I hear or see anything about 9-11 I have a very emotional and visceral response. Even though I'm from a nowhere town in the middle of the USA and went to a mid-sized division II university, I had a friend in one of the towers and an acquaintance in the Pentagon that day. Both lived, thank God.
This movie covers the long hunt for the man responsible, and the single-minded obsession of one woman to get Osama Bin Laden. It's a pretty intense movie and moves along at a fast clip. I'm glad I finally watched it. I really can't say any more now.
Stronger when considered less as strict historical record and more as a snapshot of modern warfare, Bigelow's film gains in impact the further removed it is from the events it is based on. Palpably evoking the nightmarish horror and moral grey quandaries of contemporary warfare and military intelligence—in the use of extreme torture measures—and its inherent frustrations and desperation, portrayed as a seemingly endless string of alternately clueless and hostile subjects, misdirections, conflicting information, brutalizing moral compromises, and frustrating bureaucracy. Bigelow and Boal portray the front lines of intelligence work with a mix of high strung intensity and enervating methodical mundanity.
Not interested in mythologizing the valiant heroes of the war on terror, Bigelow and Boal instead fashion distinctly human…
IMDb Ratings: 7.4
Why: #Oscar winning movie
Should: Yes absolutely
My Ratings: 10 - #Masterpiece
Tagline: For ten years one woman never stopped searching for the most wanted man in history
Bonus: The acting, award winning music and finale for the movie.
good film but too pro-america and pro-torture
This film had a way of making me question my own principles of due process -
Maya's transformation in sensitivity for prisoners' rights was hastily illustrated, but it interestingly didn't need much elaboration either. Whether or not she was a ruthless pragmatist before seeing her first torture, the situation quickly forced her to become one if she wanted to catch "the world's most dangerous criminal" as fast as possible.
The only flaw you can level at Bigelow's film is that it sticks too religiously to the truth. In spite of you knowing exactly how it ends Bigelow manages to eek out enough tension to cut through Chastain's steely, determined gaze.
Boring. Fast forward to the last 20 minutes for any entertainment.
i've noticed when searching for female directors lists on letterboxd that usually the most movies people list is around 20,…
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