i didnt finish a most violent year yet but im just assuming tbh
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…
Well-made old-style caper movie, but unfortunately due to political importance it misses all chances, very much like this years "The Master". Why are the most important problems in the hunt, the buerocracy and illegality of one agency actions which led to the chinese wall between FBI and CIA left out? Why is only the US POV depicted but not the wildly differing world view? What about the search in the years before 9/11? What about all the missed chances before?
This is like "The Master" a lost chance.
And who believes the plot line of the single hero? Only the one Navy Seal on which book parts of Boal's script was based.
Jessica Chastain is a rock. I’ve heard her role described previously, as flat. But I think her motivations and strengths as a person are missed. She simply has tunnel vision as she is a type of predator herself. Satisfied with nothing less than retribution for the attacks on her country. Her only need for existence and fuel to motor her is this goal. And she brilliantly adds subtle layers of emotion as the story builds upon itself. She’s both smart and acts with authority but doesn’t grandstand either.
It’s almost impossible to know what details are correct or what has been exaggerated to make the story more compelling to the viewer. But this has the feel of something extremely well…
It is, in fact, perfect.
Interesting look at the hunt for bin Laden. Some surprisingly on-the-nose performances from Chastain in this one (she's not the interrogator type), and just way too long. Also we never get to know Maya very well. Why the vendetta against bin Laden? What have her the drive?
I expected more from this.
With a gigantic subject in front of her, Kathryn Bigelow gives us Zero Dark Thirty. The story about the manhunt on Bin Laden.
Jessica Chastain as the lead is good, but her character doesn't have much depth or character traits I like. Most of her obsession is annoying and doesn't have much weight behind. None of the characters have much depth actually. The soldiers that show up in the last 30 minutes have as much weight behind them as the characters we've been following for 2 1/2 hours.
The story itself is good, but I think it has the potential to be great. Bigelow doesn't do much wrong directing wise and I really liked the action sequence at the end. Even though there are some aspects I disliked like the over the top CGI helicopter action and some shaky cam action.
But it was cool to see Starlord's and Luke Cage's origins.
Hätte ich irgendwie kontroverser erwartet...
A slow burner, Zero Dark Thirty is a decade long man-hunt. I feel conflicted on whether or not I enjoyed this film, I'm not really sure why I chose to watch it in the first place but it felt incredibly underwhelming. It's film-making is very commendable, nothing can really be faulted but the narrative. The film attempts to cover a lot of events and every single one feels so fleeting and unremarkable. Jessica Chastain is very amazing at the front of the film but nothing else pulled me in, it didn't feel as important as it should have felt.
November Scavenger Hunt 2016 | Film #20, Task #12
12. A film produced by one country but set in another
To say that these types of films aren't my cup of tea would be wrong, since I love a well-made "based on real events" piece.
This was definitely well-made and acted (yes, like many others, I love me some Jessica Chastain). But for some reason this just didn't wow me nor did I really got into it at any point. I just wasn't in the mood for a 2,5 hour drama, I guess.
This is what a patriotic movie should be all about.
ZERO DARK THIRTY (Kathryn Bigelow, 2012) tells us that it is based on the true events that led to the execution of Osama Bin Laden, and because I don't know what actually happened, I don't know what was embellished and what wasn't. But man, I really hope this is close to the truth (as Bigelow has said it is in interviews), because this is an excellent film that puts a lot of things about 911 and the human condition into a striking perspective. It begins when a character we know as Mya (Jessica Chastain) gets initiated into the world of the manhunt to find Bin Laden by taking part in…
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