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 January 28, 2015
You know the outcome but the movie keeps you at the edge of your seat throughout the film. It doesn’t matter if we know for sure certain aspects of the accuracy of all events, you get the idea however. The 2.5 hour movie concerned me before the movie started, but when it ended it didn’t seem like 2.5 hours. The movie not only kept moving but kept me on the edge to the end. Not for kids, and those who have issues with the language, but a must see for patriotic film goers.
Written May 04, 2015
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 May 04, 2015
Ok, this is going to be hard to explain so heres a pros and cons list. Pros: Storyline, Interviews, and acting (espicailly Jessica). Cons, Character development and length. The movie is good, just not what I thought it would be and 2hrs 30mins is a long time to keep someone in. This movie shouldn't win any oscars except for maybe Chastain, and the movie isn't all about Osama, its about his messengers, which I would have wanted to know before. Bottom Line : If you like a hunt journey of a oscar contender, go see this movie, no questions asked, but I would recommend seeing Argo instead.
Written March 27, 2015
"Zero Dark Thirty" may not be Bigelow's best film. Hopefully she still has several years of cinema ahead of her. As she's demonstrated with "Hurt Locker" and "K-19: The Widowmaker", Bigelow has a talent for putting a uniquely personal visual spin on matters military. The circumstances surrounding the hunting and death of Osama bin Laden could've been very much in danger of being co-opted for this or that agenda or mindset. So unique a battle needed an equally unique escorting to the big screen and, fortunately for us, Bigelow was able to take the event in hand and help it escape not only adoption by mediocre motives, but mediocrity in general.