Written July 14, 2013
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Written January 13, 2013
The basic theme of this movie is revenge, wrapped in the gift papers of American patriotism and the new ethic of female machoism. It is seriously flawed, in spite of all the superlative hype. I would start with the ending, which as an add-on (due to recent current events) is too long and not climatic or creative. Maya, the protagonist, is well played though her striking beauty makes her somewhat unbelievable as a CIA operative trying to blend in another culture. This movie purports to be realistic and near journalistic in its scope, but several near laughable scenes of Maya referring to herself as a m----- f-----, Maya on the tarmac alone with the helicopters, Maya opening the body bag, seem to lean towards a superhero movie on the order of Wonder Woman. Finally, although there are beautiful scenes of life in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the movie contributes virtually nothing to understanding the fabric of those cultures.
Written July 05, 2015
A bit long for my taste and the story line was not s compelling as advertised. Great insights on CIA and tenacity of the field agent that found him. Ending was disappointing.
Written August 28, 2015
Strong story line, strong and powerful acting, well developed characters, and of course the topic. This was a very enjoyable movie and my spouse and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I don't think I can find one wrong thing about this movie. The pace was steady and the action sequence believable. It didn't feel like I was watching Halo but a real life drama.
Written January 28, 2015
It was disappointing to see Kathryn botch the greatest story of the decade. Had very high hopes after seeing Hurt Locker. Now it seems impossible to believe that both Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty were made by the same director. So, either Hurt Locker was in fact directed by James Cameron and she got the credit as part of their divorce settlement or Zero Dark was made by one of her unpaid interns. They make sitcoms that are better than this movie.