Movie Review: Zero Dark Thirty

Details from IMDB:




Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

157 min  -  Drama | History | Thriller  -  11 January 2013 (USA)

Ratings: 7.6/10 from 72,803 users   Metascore: 95/100
Reviews: 402 user | 403 critic | 46 from

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.


Kathryn Bigelow


Mark Boal


Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt | See full cast and crew

Initial Thoughts:

Like most people I was introduced to Kathyrn Bigelow from The Hurt Locker (which I really enjoyed) so I looked forward to her second military flick, this time about the hunt for Bid Laden.

Main Points:

First off I have to say that Jessica Chastain is excellent here. She brings an intensity and an honesty to the role that is rare. The movie itself starts off with a riveting (and hard to watch) torture scene but soon afterwards things slow down.

I find it to be a common problem that directors just don’t know when to cut out scenes. I think a good 20 minutes of this movie could have easily cut. A lot of politicians and military discussions about procedure and of course Maya’s (Chastain) obsession with Bid Laden’s courier and how it will lead to the leader.

There are several scenes I really enjoyed that means…


It’s a little silly, everyone knows they get Bid Laden but there are a couple of other scenes. Maya and another CIA operative do a clever trick on one prisoner, convincing him that he had already given up some names while under torture (he didn’t) and that there’s no point holding back now.

Another part where Maya is given her biggest lead by a simple filing error was a nice touch and of course once the mission got started it was very exciting. Hot smile

Final Thoughts:

The movie does feature torture and there is a line that once Obama takes away the torture they have a much more difficult time obtaining information.  As I said earlier though the fact that investigation and a simple filing error is what ultimately leads to Bid Laden’s death makes the movie somewhat contradictory. Overall another solid movie from Bigelow that does make you think. I would recommend it Thumbs up with reservations for time and of course some intense/gruesome scenes does not this appropriate for children. 7/10 from me Smile. Until next time (and it will be Denzel’s movie Flight) I am as always..


Leave a comment

No comments yet.

Comments RSS TrackBack Identifier URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s