January 13, 2013
Zero Dark Thirty
If you're hoping for two hours of SEAL Team 6 raids- don't bother. If, however, you are a student of history and the hunt for one who shares a level of Hell with Stalin or Pol Pot, then go see this. It is thoughtful, occasionally disturbing (ever asking the question- who is worse, morally- those who harm when they've been wronged, or those who harm in the first place?) and for the most part, an historically accurate look at the period between September, 2001 and the raid on bin Laden that lead to his death..
It's long, intense, brilliantly acted, and it forces the viewer to seek humanity in everyone- from the DCI to the lowly, C4-rigged al-Qaeada foot soldier. The "good guys" need to get "better" in many ways-on the Government side- and the "bad guys" need to find a way out of the abyss in which they are raised - a culture of planned obsolescence. If you want war action, play Call of Duty. If you want to think and learn and be riveted- see this film.
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