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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…
This is a weird one for me. While I found myself disagreeing with a good part of the techniques used throughout the movie (and, well, actual history) to get to bin Laden, I still can't help but agree that this was a hell of a thriller. It dropped a billion names and data, but moved fast and made me feel like I was also taking part in the action. Nice movie if you try and let it get away as pure fiction.
Good spy film.
A curious case of growing to love a movie. Nevermind the factual inaccuracies, it's as suspenseful, well-paced and entertaining as ever. Even on a 5th watch.
Oh Bigelow... you had me with Hurt Locker, but boy did you lose me with this one.
On paper, this story seems extremely interesting, but if it was the execution, or just that the story wasnt really worth telling, i dont know.
The thing i can say, is that i did not have fun with this. I found myself connecting to characters only to see them shoved away 30 minutes later for another character and so forth. I also felt the whole story was just push and shove.
The last scene which i was waiting a long time for, was also one of the weakest in the whole film, the sequence was 20 minutes to long, and every thing was black the whole way through.
And i was really hoping for this one.... damn.
A striking if slightly sagging procedural about the World's "greatest manhunt", with superb performances and strong direction.
While not at all a popcorn flick, "Zero Dark Thirty" provides a riveting retelling of the events leading up to al Qaeda terrorist Osama bin Laden's assassination. (Sorry... spoiler alert... but if you didn't already know of his assassination...... go read a book.)
While some scenes might be slow and seem to drag on a little, they are normally compensated for by the following scenes of toe-clenching intelligence.
The final half-hour seems to give audiences a decent pay off for the 2 hour build-up, and is the most action-packed act of the film.
Some torture scenes are fairly graphic, (but the individuals being tortured deserve it, so it's fine.)
Overall, while I didn't enjoy "Zero Dark Thirty" as well as I would have liked, it was quite interesting to see behind-the-scenes of what it might have been like for a worldwide crucial manhunt.
I give "Zero Dark Thirty" a 6.8/10.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
É legal saber que "zero dark thirty" é um termo usado pelas forças armadas dos EUA para se referir a uma hora não especificada da madrugada em que o céu ainda está todo escuro.
Lembro bem da parada dura que esse filme enfrentou na indicação ao Oscar. Enfrentou "Django", do Tarantino, "Argo", do Affleck e , claro, não dava pra bater nenhum dos dois, principalmente o último, que levou o caneco.
Mas Kathryn Bigelow fez um bom trabalho numa obra que tenta aproximar o telespectador da caçada ao Osama Bin Laden, algo que, ao meu ver, até hoje é uma incógnita sem provas. Mas, de qualquer forma, uma tentativa de diminuir a revolta paranóica de toda uma nação que ainda sofre pelos ataques terroristas do 11-de-setembro.
Além da atuação consistente da ruivinha Jessica Chastain, o momento em que um dos militares fica atônito ao perceber o que "realmente tinha acabado de acontecer" ao final do filme, vale muito.
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.
A docudrama, highly professionally produced in all departments, that does construe one single hero within the complexity of the pursuit and leaves all moral implications wide open.
It is now my favorite film of 2012. The torture was indeed though-provoking, but not gratuitous-- it served a point to make us question everything that came after and set the thematic tone of frustration and desired retribution. SO many familiar faces in small little roles-- that was lovely. And I think Chastain is at her best when she's playing against her expected, perhaps motherly "type", and to her strengths-- which is calculation and controlled emotion.
The opening frame was chilling, and to the last frame and the credits I was left questioning and yet completed by this film. I think it's a beautifully made, historical thriller, yet also has potential to provoke some of the best conversations I have had in a long time. 2.5 hrs never flew by so quick-- never bored, never shut my eyes. Not since JFK have I questioned everything so completely. xo
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…