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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 is 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 like to rewatch great movies to reminisce about the time some bloggers proceeded to lose their shit and wildly misinterpret a film for some bullshit agenda and a sad attempt to claim moral superiority on the internet of all places.
Still, a first-rate procedural and, much like "The Hurt Locker", a study of someone who becomes consumed by that one thing that ultimately excludes them from the world.
I'll be honest, I had very high expectations for this one, but that was probably a bad thing. It was good, but the whole documentary/hand-held style went too far and I didn't feel like I could see what was going on in portions.
This film is something I really had no interest in watching. I watched it because it was an assignment. There are some themes in this film that are very prevalent throughout this film. For one there is a sense of we as America will do whatever it takes to get what we want. We will torture and hold men captive for information. We will go into country's we have no permission to be in to do what we feel needs to be done. This is a militarized film, they have many scenes at the end with military helicopters, planes, and gear that seals wear. This film is very intense and has a sense of urgency about it. they want you…
I chose Matt Taibbi’s article “‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Is Bin Laden’s Last Victory” to respond to. I chose this article because it was the most genuine and, in my opinion, accurate critique of the film.
I especially appreciated the introductory paragraphs that described and related to the general way in which the American public majority was responding to the film – viewing it at as an exposé of sorts, as an entertaining patriotic piece. I would have added a few examples of exactly why this was a “hop-on-board” pro-USA propaganda flick – such as Seal Team Six being portrayed as a gang of unfit back-woods good ‘ol American boys; a portrayal that was for no reason other than audience appeal.…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Having heard about this film for some time, I didn't expect it to open this way. That is with emergency radio/telephone traffic from 911 focusing on the "immediately after" time frame when operators were just grasping the magnitude of what had happened. I had imagined it's start to be much later, and on distant shores. As it turns out this is likely because of my ignorance regarding what lead to this outcome. Foolishly thinking that the intelligence preceding this event was more contemporary to it, after long draughts of no substantial information. I should of known better, as outcomes like this are most often the result of a one or two individuals who refuse to give up on their convictions.…
A bit long but if you're interested in the subject matter, worth it.
Perché quando sei da sola nella pancia di un areo-cargo
che sta decollando e pensi se quello che hai fatto è giusto
o sbagliato, non trovi risposte, ma solo la tua vita andata in
mille pezzi come le Torri Gemelle.
Rewatching William Wyler's THE HEIRESS reminded me of how superior that interpretation of Washington Square is to the unfortunate Broadway version led by a very subpar Jessica Chastain a couple seasons ago.
I got this weird itch to try to figure out why I think Chastain is kind of a shit actress, so I gave parts of 0DARK30 another look. Still baffled & enraged by it. (I have a friend who says he'd fight Mark Boal on sight; I don't know that I would stop him.)
Remembering the angry "I want targets" speech as a lonely highlight, I fast forwarded there and, uh-oh, on small-screen rewatch it's actually a bit of a clunky background-exposition moment, like the script is condensing 4…
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