Written May 22, 2015
The overwhelming impression I got from this film was realism. Although those expecting a fast-paced story may be dissapointed, they will get a taught and engaging experience where the characters' frustrations and motives are shared by all. Upon viewing the final 30 minutes, anyone let down by the pacing will be rewarded with a fine sequence that is exciting and realistic while still remaining understated and understandable. Events are for the most part very true to actual events that were described by its participants. While the film makers could have produced another biased arrogance piece out of this film, they remained down-the-middle and stuck to the facts. The dialogue was somber and straight-forward, with small bits of humor put in to cut the tension and restore the humanity to certain characters. Although the scope of the film was ambitious, and the events spaced over many years, they managed to maintain a coherent narrative.
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 September 03, 2015
When a movie ends and nobody in the theater makes a move to get up and leave, you know it was deeply moving. What the Navy Seals did was truly amazing and all the work the CIA did leading up to it was unbelievable. It makes me angry that our credit-grabbing President has tried to take credit for this massive accomlishment, which was actually carried out by actions of which Obama knew nothing.
Here's to the real heros....God bless them all.