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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…
Ein Wort: Naja. Ok, etwas genauer ausgeführt: Nicht schlecht gemacht, aber einfach nichtssagend. Plätschert so vor sich hin, irgendwie dokumentarisch angehaucht. Hat mich total kalt gelassen, war nichtmal wirklich langweilig, aber schlicht total uninteressant, vielleicht da keine Stellung eingenommen wird. Ich denke ich bin nicht das richtige Publikum für so einen Film.
okay this was another movie i watched in america at war but i didn't let the jerks in my class with their misogynistic comments (://///) get to me besides i was to into the movie to even notice
Hype , hype and more hype , this is one of those films that I'm glad that I avoided upon release. There is nothing terribly wrong with the film, the performances are good enough but nothing special, it looking great and has reality feel to it. Bigelow does good job in getting the resources she has to work with.
The main issue I had was with script and the pacing, I know the story spans over 10 years but film shouldn't feel like it. Basically, the film is far too long & I found it difficult to stay interested despite the subject matter.
Removed from false-controversy, this stark procedural strikes a lot of chords, most of them minor, but with a beauty unparallelled in war cinema. The cast is an impeccable assortment of actors. Each scene has me thinking, "Oh they, she or he was in this, and man, are they great." Beyond Jessica Chastain's legendary work, there isn't a performance that can really steal the film, because each scene features someone who's ready to take that mantle. With that said, I come out of this each time loving Jason Clarke's performance just that much more.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Very good action flick, but because it's based on true events, we'd like to see something a bit closer to historical fact.
Good: Chastain's performance is powerful and film has a nice mix of "spy stuff" leading up to heavy action sequences.
Bad: Close, but not quite true, which is distracting. We also don't get to see interior motives for Chastain character.
Rating: 7.8 / 10.0 (Good)
'Merica, Fuck Yeah! -_-
An important film. Subtly brilliant and perfectly thrilling, Zero Dark Thirty is beautifully paced; at a near 3 hour running time, the film moves along nicely, never dragging. Mark Boal wrote a terrific script; it's dense and might include a little too much information, but I felt like that gave the film another level of authenticity. The performances are flawless. Jessica Chastain is incredible; she plays the character wonderfully and her performance is worthy of every praise it's getting. The supporting cast is perfect as well, Jason Clarke stood out to me. Kathryn Bigelow's direction is what really makes this film special though. Her vision and attention to detail is admirable and it truly elevates the experience. The film builds…
Los últimos tres cuartos de hora son espectaculares, pero creo que aún me interesa mucho más la radiografía de la obsesión (de una mujer, de una agencia, de un gobierno, de un país, de todo occidente) y del terror a los fantasmas del pasado.
Creo que en su día la acogida recibida fue menos entusiasta de lo merecido por culpa de un hype (tras arrasar en casi todos los premios de los círculos críticos USA) que no le sentó nada bien. Pero es magnífica.
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