Written December 24, 2012
The movie's opening half hour, and closing half hour or so are absolutely excellent. Compelling, disturbing, engaging. The middle of the movie sags, here and there, but maybe that's hard to avoid when you have to do a lot of scenes with people sitting in meetings or in front of computers?
Bigelow's direction is Oscar-worthy. She has a supple and ambitious way of putting a scene together. Jessica Chastain will probably be nominated for Best Actress, and she does a fine job--but, with a character who is fairly one-dimensional.
This definitely is _not_ an ideal holiday film--it's dark, and will bring up hard memories for many Americans. But, it's an impressive piece of work, and well worth seeing.
Written July 26, 2014
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.
Written September 15, 2014
Kathryn Bigelow has scored again (“The Hurt Locker”) with this meticulous, intricate scenario of the decade long hunt and slaying of the world’s most sought after terrorist, Osama Bin Laden; she is religious in depicting the reality of the quest and CIA operative “Maya’s” intransigent dedication to finding this heinous villain. Jessica Chastain gives a quietly explosive performance as a woman whose vision and mission will not be swayed or felled by mere government officials; Maya’s entire career has been informed by the crusade to capture/death of the madman who visited upon the Unites States its worst massacre and the demise of a freedom so pure, so entrenched in democracy, never to be tasted again...
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Written September 03, 2014
Zero Dark Thirty was great. It captured my attention from the very beginning and was constantly intense until the end. Even though I had read and/or knew about a lot of the events they were mentioning in the years leading up to May 2011, it kept me intrigued throughout the whole movie. I would definitely recommend that you go see it on the big screen as the last 30 minutes, a lot of which are in the first person view, make you feel as if you were there yourself.
Written January 13, 2013
0Dark30 - an extremely well done movie.
cinematography truly fantastic, beautiful, couldn't have been more real if you were standing there!
acting was firm and consistent.
direction was very tight, no wasted motion or talking yet did not feel like a documentary,
gritty yet clean.
Every American needs to see this movie to see what our warriors (both male and female) can do and are doing to keep us safe.
Audience applauded at the end. Hoorah !