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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…
While the cinematography and sound editing are top notch and the ensemble gives a generally good performance, Zero Dark Thirty has two major problems: it drags on for way too long (two and a half hours) and the politics behind the usage of torture in the first third is deplorable to say the least.
Really quite something. This was my second viewing, having originally seen it in cinemas over two years ago. I knew how it was going to end even then, of course, and having already seen the film I knew even more so this time. And yet, I was quite literally perched, fists clenched on the edge of my sofa, biting my hands from the tension for the entire last act. That Bigelow managed to wring such white knuckleness from a story that everyone knows the outcome of in advance is an impressive feat.
And the final act aside, the rest of the film is completely gripping in different ways. It's a long film, but flew by both times for me, every…
There is no denying the craft of the film but there are
just so many elements that didn't go well with me. I feel like I needed the proper context to fully understand particular scenes and why certain people were portrayed the way they were. The pacing was also strange for me.
The political aspect of the film also aids to farther detach me from an already strange land in war that isn't even clearly defined today.
I do not understand the direction this film wanted to go in.
Maya is a horridly static character with the simple urge to finish her job at all cost. Perhaps I missed some sub-text where I see where they say why Maya is…
Fiquei muito impressionado com o roteiro desse filme (tanto pelo argumento como pela condução). Principalmente depois que descobri que foi todo refeito após a captura de Bin Laden. Além do ótimo roteiro, a direção de Bigelow é tão boa quanto o seu The Hurt Locker. Edição, trilha, som e os demais elementos técnicos estão todos ótimos. Elenco tá bem e Chastain assumiu muito bem o protagonismo do filme.
This is a strange one - it's brilliantly done on a technical level, with involving and breathtaking scenes especially in the last part of the movie. Of course it will always be regarded in connection with the real events it is based on, and that is both good and bad for Zero Dark Thirty.
I don't think it promotes torture, and these scenes are certainly a tough watch. I also don't think it's as close to the actual goings on within the CIA as many would like to believe. But as a movie on its own, a thriller even, it worked for me on that level.
The cast (Clarke, Chastain) is very good, the 2.5 hours are long but enough…
Well-made and thrilling in places, though the pacing isn't as consistent as, say, "The Hurt Locker".
It didn't live up to the hype and wasn't as good as Argo. While the first and last 30 minutes are very thrilling, the middle is dragged out and lacks the same consistence in energy that The Hurt Locker had.
Well-made and thrilling in places, though the pacing isn't as consistent as, say "The Hurt Locker".
A well-crafted movie, however: Kathryn Bigelow is trying to legitimate torture here. Not a single poor guy got tortured and turned out to be innocent. How realistic.
Sure there's no propaganda involved?
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