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 December 24, 2012
ZERO DARK THIRTY amps up the tension from the first scene and rarely backs-off until the end. Even knowing the "story" and its outcome do not prepare you for the shock and immediacy of this film. Granted that there has been some public walking-back on the film's emphasis on "enhanced interrogation" techniques, torture remains a large part of our initial response to 9/11. The central character, Maya, the lead CIA analyst struggling to find Usama bin Laden, is a porcupine personality, lovingly referred to by associates and her supervisors as a "killer." There are a lot of exceptional performances in this film, but the single most impressive is that of the director, K. Bigelow, who delivers and even more awe-inspiring experience than THE HURT LOCKER. I rate this must-see, but be advised it is very tough, gritty and upsetting.
Written January 05, 2013
Pay attention, Hollywood. This is how it's done.
There couldn't have been a better presentation to depict this difficult material. This movie isn't a fist pump for Democrats or fist bump for Republicans. It's not a feel good for Americans. It's the nitty gritty and ugly truth of the tortured captives, lives lost, and faith in others that were necessary to track down Osama Bin Ladin.
This movie is shot with excessive detail. There is sweat where there should be sweat. There is very little use of a score. Zero Dark Thirty let's the acting, silence, and visuals set the tone.
I haven't seen a movie in a very long time where the audience is completely silent. No chewing, no shuffling, no crackling plastic wrappers... The audience was fully enthralled. This may very well be the best movie I've seen all year (as you can see I watch a lot of movies!).
Zero Dark Thirty is as good as it gets. If you like my reviews, add me as a fan. I'll add you back!
Written January 13, 2013
The only "drama" in this slick, flat movie came from torture, military invasion, and surprise bombings. The characters were one dimensional, the story was incomplete, and the filmmakers seemed unaware of the moral and political complexity of their subject. The controversy surrounding the film as to whether torture "works" speaks to the banality of the film and moral corruption of our debate about torture. If torture "works" -- does that make torture ok?
Written January 12, 2013
I hate to give this film a NO but both my husband and I found it tedious to watch. We really didn't learn any more than we knew before. It certainly wasn't made for pure entertainment value. It was hardly entertaining. It is a docudrama about the events leading up to the capture of Osama Bin Laden, this covers a period of about 10 years and while watching you feel like every minute of it! Also feel the filmmaker exploited the torture scenes and this will be used against our troops around the world.