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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…
Apenas outro filme para massagear os egos inflados dos americanos, como uma representação de ''justiça'' deveras contraditória.
A brilliant performance by Chastain anchors what is a very well-directed espionage/war film, though the treatment of torture is perhaps a little too over-enthusiastic.
Jessica Chastain was great as the lead.
"Well, this is a bit of a clusterfuck isn't it?" - CIA Director
This film is INTENSE!
I knew Jessica Chastain was good but I didn't realise just how good until I saw this movie. I just kept staring at the screen after the movie ended. I really loved this movie and am kicking myself I didn't watch it before now. Amazing.
An impressive feat that doesn't shy away from the CIAs shady antics or the fallout from it. Chastain is great and the final raid is sensitively handled.
Would like to see a gung ho all action version too though.
Zero Dark Thirty shows us the lengths it took the CIA and the United States government to find and kill Osama Bin Laden in real time. At least it felt like it was in real time. This movie really doesn't start to pick up until they actually find Bin Laden's house and proceed to shoot his ass.
Chris Pratt plays a navy seal. This was his first role that we saw him in post weight loss and dude looks jacked.
I'm not really into war movies centered around the U.S.'s war on terror in the middle east, not for any political reason, I just get bored. Maybe in twenty years I can appreciate these movies.
Director Kathryn Bieglow and screenwriter Mark Boal were able to navigate the treacherous political waters surrounding the Iraq war with their first collaboration, the Best Picture winning The Hurt Locker. The end result of that film was a suspenseful thriller that doubled as a good, non-preachy anti-war film. They are a little less successful with their followup film, Zero Dark Thirty, which chronicles the manhunt and subsequent killing of Al-Qaeda mastermind Osama Bin Laden.
Perhaps because of the sensitivity of the subject, the film is inexorably linked to the politics surrounding it. That doesn't destroy the film mind you; artistically speaking this is still a very strong effort from the duo centering around a good lead performance and with strong…
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…