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Zero Dark Thirty
The Greatest Manhunt in History
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…
I'm not sure what to say about this one. I know there was controversy with the beginning of the movie. I know that this is Hollywood making a movie based on true events. As movies go it's long and slow burning. The acting is good but the writing was a bit chaotic. I feel like the events could have been given more context and perhaps for facts and overall understanding a documentary is a better option. It's worth a watch, I'm not sure if it's worth buying though.
Incredible story. Amazing cast and acting.
So many problems with this movie, from it's by-the-numbers story (betraying it's compelling subject matter), condoning of torture, and general lack of atmosphere. The cinematography is beautiful, and I don't fault Jessica Chastain for how much I disliked her character, she gives a fine performance considering how she was written. I had a hard time taking this movie seriously, but the technical aspects of this movie are good enough to warrant a star/star and a half bump.
Skipping right over the tired debate of this film's resemblance to factual events (as if such are known by anyone to complain, it's the fucking CIA we're talking about) as well as speeding straight past a debate over the depiction of torture (which I don't see an issue with personally and reserve my right to be "inhuman" in my belief), I'd like to briefly discuss this film as a piece of cinema and not a political topic.
Zero Dark Thirty boasts stellar performances, especially that of Chastain's, an excellent, though imperfect, screenplay, and fine direction. None of this is to say that any of those things are without flaw, however, as this film has too often been regarded as…
I didn't pay much attention but it's pretty tacticool
Works as a pretty solid piece of historically accurate art. Intense all the way through, and with a great ensemble of familiar faces led by the wonderful Chastain.
A smartly written, powerfully executed, and magnificently shot film with a strong theme and story conveyed by Kathryn Bigelow, one of the greatest working modern war/political filmmakers. Jessica Chastain and Jason Clarke are astounding. A few scenes tend to drag and/or feel repetitive, but overall, Zero Dark Thirty is a marvelously shot and written account of a woman's 10-year-long odyssey in a world of hell.
That 20-minute execution sequence towards the end was absolutely breathtaking.
"Do your fucking jobs! Bring me people to kill!"
Zero Dark Thirty was never actually on my watchlist. This was a rather spontaneous watch after I rented Fahrenheit 9/11 from my library and saw this film next to it.
I was in the right mindset after seeing films like The Path to 9/11 and other stuff about the American government and their war of terrorism.
Zero Dark Thirty is a quite enjoyable thriller, no doubt about that. It was a lot less patriotic than I expected. It was subtle about that and fortunately presented itself as a realistic re-telling and not a Murricahn freedom celebration.
I was surprised to see Kyle Chandler in this, an actor I wanted to see…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
in this movie they go kill osama bin laden.