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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…
Como me encantan las películas bélicas, leñe. Pero no es mejor que Hurt Locker. Ganazas de que Bigelow dirija Captain Marvel.
What I got to say about "Zero Dark Thirty" is a great movie. "It's I intense, and will hold your attention right until the end." The performances by the whole cast is great. The directing and screenplay is really good. The cinematography is good. The score and effects are great as well. "I'm raving that "Zero Dark Thirty" is the year's best movie of 2012. A well done movie!"
I watched this neat political action thriller over two viewings. I like this follow up to the Hurt Locker. It's more grown up. I remember the day Bin Laden was killed. I was at the grocery store just like on 9/11.
Fascinating in many ways. Horrid and depressing as well, but nevertheless interesting with a tough lady in the lead.
Jessica Chastain was great, but I felt like I wanted more character and less content.
This is a solid entry that nevertheless left me feeling deeply uncomfortable at times. I think the overarching distaste is due to the film's look at the efficacy of torture. According to the sidebar notes, even the CIA later said that information gained from "enhanced interrogation" was of only limited (or no) value in the pursuit of Bin Laden, as one would expect.
That said, the movie's realism is impressive, particularly in the 25 minute raid sequence at the end. Chastain is great as a woman completely possessed, Ahab-like, by her overarching mission to find Bin Laden, and the supporting cast all do solid work around her, particularly Mark Strong and Jennifer Ehle, who isn't in enough movies.
Will probably be having long discussions about the subject matter with some friends for a while, so for its ability to inspire discussion alone I recommend this one.
Good but very overrated.
Part thriller, part drama, with some mystery thrown into the mix as well, Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty is an attempt to chronicle the 10-year long hunt for Osama bin Laden in a little over two and a half hours of films. For the most part, it's a success and she does a pretty good job of it, some minor issues aside.
Marketed as the story behind "the biggest manhunt in history", Zero Dark Thirty is primarily told through the eyes of young CIA analyst known simply as Maya, who has made finding the Al-Qaeda mastermind her life's work. Kicking off with audio recording from the victims of the 9/11 attacks, the film establishes its gritty, no-bullshit tone right from…
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