Written March 29, 2015
The writer of this movie did the best they could writing the events that actually happened. I'm sure they've not added a few things in there but it was the best that they could do in telling the story of this event.
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 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 December 25, 2014
Interesting version of events leading up to and after the killing of Bin Laden. However, the film spent too much time on glorifying torture and water-boarding and not enough on developing characters. The film was also far too long and became tedious at times. OK movie, but not one of the great ones this season.