Zero Dark Thirty

Director: Kathryn Bigelow

Cast: Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Ehle, Mark Strong, Kyle Chandler, Édgar Ramirez

Release Date:  December 19, 2012

What’s it about?

Zero Dark Thirty chronicles the story of the largest manhunt in history. The movie’s protagonist is a CIA spy named Maya, who is an expert on all things Bin Laden. Bigelow is able to succinctly capture years worth of background work and sheds light on the process that led to tracking and eventual killing of the terrorist mastermind.

What’s hot?

I was captivated by Bigelow’s ability to tell a story with a generous dollop of emotion, and yet make it appear cold and precise, like most CIA related movies that viewers have become used to. Besides the genuinely fascinating source material, Zero Dark Thirty serves to highlight the struggle of a young woman working in the CIA and the ruthlessness she needs to get to her target. The 30 minute sequence highlighting the raid is well shot, with viewers being introduced to significant detail within a short time frame.

What’s not?

I think while the movie is generally well executed, it can be polarizing due to the nature of its subject. The storyline makes no qualms about issues like waterboarding, and other torture treatment, showing them in ‘vivid’ detail. While there’s no gore, Bigelow’s ability to create a sequence that appears gut-wrenching without visibly being so is laudable, and yet may harry a few viewers away.

I’d give this..

4 Stars – Intensely dialogue driven, so focus!

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