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Zero Dark Thirty
The Greatest Manhunt in History
For a decade, an elite team of intelligence and military operatives, working in secret across the globe, devoted themselves to a single goal: to find and eliminate al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. This film reunites the Oscar-winning team of director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal for the story of history's greatest manhunt for the world's most dangerous man. Nominated for five Academy Awards in 2013, including Best Picture.
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…
One of my favorite movies
Provocative and riveting, filmmaking at its best.
it's a hard film to rate for me because it at times feels like a propaganda piece - as the entire genre feels to me - and it then develops into a more personal and character-driven film, as jessica chastain (who was amazing) shows what happens to someone who's entire life revolves around killing one man. and whilst i admire the filmmaking, and the fact that bigelow didn't necessarily put a super patriotic slant on the film as so many war film directors do...it was about war...from an american perspective. you can't stop it from coming across in that way a lot of the time. as for the torture; imo that was just the telling of true events realistically and…
My second time around with Zero Dark Thirty and what pains me the most is that just beneath the surface of this exercise in flag waving and "America... Fuck Yeah" bravado is a taught, well paced 120 minute military drama. It's such a shame it's hiding within the compound of a 155 minute plod-fest.
We start with torture and then move on to conversations, meetings, briefings before reaching the heady heights of watching people watch stuff happening on monitors. Woohoo! Sure, the final 20% of the movie is interesting but overall there just wasn't enough in Zero Dark Thirty to keep me invested.
A competently made and perfectly serviceable movie. It's just something I'd file along with American Sniper, Body of Lies, Spy Games and the rest of these well made snore fests.
I was transfixed on this, really enjoyed the pacing. Not slow at all but not rapid fire either. Considering I watched it on tv with ads, I'm glad I also own this on blu-Ray. Just happened to be ready for it when I saw that it was on TV
I remember where I was during the two most important events depicted in this film. 9-11 and when I got a call that Bin Laden's ass was plant food. Here Kathryn Bigelow recreates a couple of America's worst and best moments. A female CIA operative with nothing but Bin Laden on her mind, a team that is running on fumes after 10 years of investigation and a group of soldiers awaiting the call to go in and blow the world's most wanted terrorist out of his socks. An intense almost feral Jessica Chastain leads the hunt with a powerhouse performance for the ages. Every aspect of the investigation drips menace and deadly consequences. All leading to the raid on Osama's compound. An ice cold terminate with extreme prejudice mission, like that fella from Apocalypse Now said.
Intensa, documentada y dura, con un desenlace a la altura y una Jessica Chastain acojonante.
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