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 September 30, 2014
I really liked the action in this movie ... hint: when a "date" is shown prepare for something to happen that will make you jump out of your seat! I was intrigued by the story of how one woman was dogged enough to continue pursuing her instincts that she was on the right track to find public enemy number one. The scenes were so real that I had to stay till the end of the credits to find out where it was filmed. It was difficult, though, to watch the raid scene at the end, especially when they killed the women. Who knows if this movie was factual though; same for ARGO. All in all, a very good, action-packed, thrilling movie to see.
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 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 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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