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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…
Without delving too much into the political or social commentary this film provides, I will say that whilst being absorbing, compelling and well made, I didn't appreciate the way it presented itself as a factual representation of the hunt for Bin Laden when it clearly takes a lot of artistic license. I think it's message becomes muddled due to the relatively short time between the events the film depicts and the film being made. We are yet to see the repercussions of what Bigelow shows us and you can't help but think her fantastic directorial vision would have been better suited to this story after a few more years of retrospect. But on a more positive note, I thought it was perfectly paced and the leading performance from Chastain was nothing short of magnificent. She really is a perfect leading lady.
“Not a single scene is staged. ... Everything is genuine. And there is no tendentious commentary for the simple reason that there is no commentary at all. It is history—pure history.”—Leni Riefenstahl, on Triumph of the Will
"Those of us who work in the arts know that depiction is not endorsement."—Kathryn Bigelow, on Zero Dark Thirty
"We tortured some folks. ... It’s important for us not to feel too sanctimonious in retrospect[.]"—Barack Obama
This movie betrays a lot of ignorance about America's global torture regime. In reality, like many disasters of the Bush era, the regime resulted from the Administration's habit of replacing officials who actually knew what they were doing with bungling apparatchiks who had bizarre, disconnected ideas of…
The controversy surrounding Zero Dark Thirty doesn’t seem to result from a filmmaker who understood she was making bold statements that are contrary to public perception, but rather derives from something the filmmaker didn’t even intend. Both the CIA and various politicians have condemned at least part of the film for its depiction of torture resulting in information that ultimately led to the killing of Osama Bin Laden. Since those statements, Kathryn Bigelow wrote an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times stating she was a “lifelong pacifist” who supports “all protests against the use of torture.” This piece is indicative of a filmmaker who wasn’t aware of the content and suggestive implications depicted in the picture. It’s clear that according…
Overlong, dry and just kinda boring, especially for movie depicting recent history. The acting is decent though I don't care a bit about anyone on screen. I mean I already know how it turns out. It's not even an interesting documentary.
The climactic assault is often just a dark screen with vague hints of motion to be anything but frustrating - realistic lighting, maybe; bad storytelling, definitely.
The best thing about the movie is the somber soundtrack by Alexandre Desplat.
prueba incontestable de que, si no te rindes y torturas a la gente adecuada, puedes hacer tus sueños realidad.
Quando lançou, eu tentei ver mas achei um porre e nunca terminei. Se pudesse voltar atrás no tempo, me daria um murro. Que filme fantástico. Tão fantástico quanto Hurt Locker, que é um dos mais geniais de 2008. Bigelow mantém o ritmo e a tensão até os minutos finais. Tirando a Jessica Chastain, que esta simplesmente incrível.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A compelling film.
Sadly, the more that I look,
The more it's fiction.
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