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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…
The movie had amazing acting, well introduced and realisti characters, the plot was well introduced with immediate jarring violence. No characters in the movie had no purpose or were there for the sake of being there. There is a real sense of danger for the main characters that most movies don't have and the movie has really good pacing.
There is one scene where two characters are texting about a source they found who might be able to tell them where someone is, and they are texting each others in a way that, out of context, seems like something a teenager would text, and it feels really out of place in the story.
Oscar winning director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal both of "Hurt Locker" fame, initially set out to make a film with no ending, the hunt for Osama Bin Laden or in CIA speak "UBL".
As world events moved on, the film found itself a conclusion that no screenwriter would have dared to write. A tense climactic night time attack on a compound in Pakistan by stealth helicopters laden with US Navy seals.
There will be few who will enter the cinema not knowing how this ends, much like "Titanic", here is a plot spoiler, the boat sinks.
Whilst reportedly receiving no direct military help, this depiction is as close as you will get to witnessing the background story and…
A solid flick where the last chapter really rachets up the tension.
“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.”
Going into this film, I had mixed feelings about it. This was because it was up for the academy award for “Best Picture” and contrasted to that, it had been slated quite a bit by a trusted movie reviewer.
Directed by Katheryn Bigelow, this 157 minute movie is way to long for what it set out to be. Jessica Chastain plays Maya, a woman whose job solely lies with capturing and terminating Osama Bin Laden. Starting out with a torture scene, which has been deemed to have…
Incredible direction and cinematography. Jessica Chastain was perfect. The last hour was as gripping as anything I've ever seen. Keeper!
What I liked about this is how it nailed the stress and unbalance of chasing a ghost. Played out like a procedural, which slowed it down at times, but I think it did a good job at deconstructing the mystique of clandestine shit. Jessica Chastain is just fantastic in it. Not really a fan of the torture at the beginning, framed it in a very "ends justify the means" way, especially when its validity is so nebulous.
I'm genuinely perturbed that many of the US political writers I respect the most viewed this as obvious pro-torture propaganda; I didn't read it that way and found it tremendously powerful. Indeed I'd been fine with the idea of hunting and killing Bin Laden, but the movie rather soured me on the idea.
That probably needs some more thought and careful viewing, but until I have time for that, I'm happy to consider this a fine film.
Espionage, top level intelligence, surveillance , absolute drool for espionage/government intelligence fans. Story is of the so called 'bin laden' capture and the stressful politics in the governmemt intelligence agency which is well cooked during the first 2 hour story struggle. Jessica Chastain is such a babe!
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