Written May 23, 2017
Felt like this was filmed in real time....Sooooooooo loooong, and only action is at the very beginning and the very end. About an hour and a half in the middle where nothing is going on with a bunch of people you don't know enough to care about. Good movie from a technical perspective. But ho-hummmmmm,
Written October 26, 2016
I dont get the uber positive reviews - this movie is long-drawn (2 hrs 37 minutes), and during that time the movie never really peaks. There's been a lot of fuzz about the interrigation methods etc, but honestly, none of what you will see in the movie is shocking...
I get that its an interesting piece historically - but move wise, its an absolutely waste of time.
Written December 21, 2012
Zero Dark Thirty proves that good movies closely related to actual events can be made. It is great to finally see a movie about the CIA in which the the members of the CIA are the good guys. These good guys work in the shadows we never see. The interrogation scenes are brutal and may not be for everyone, especially the young. The scenes are necessary to understand the events leading to the killing of OBL. It is a serious movie for serious people. The movie kept me fascinated and interested even though I knew the outcome. It has a great cast with outstanding writing and directing. Best movie this year for me.
Written May 23, 2017
I enjoyed the film, though, as usual in theaters, I had difficulty understanding the dialog. The special effects and sets were magnificent and realistic, and the story moved along quickly.
The initial interrogation scenes "impressed" me, as how these issues are treated nowadays has changed 180 degrees since I was a boy. Growing up post WWII it was common cultural truth that Americans didn't do bad things to anybody; even the bad guys were treated kindly. Now, reality has displaced that fond illusion. We're in the pit fighting for survival using any resource at hand, just like everybody else.
I found myself strangely dispassionate about such cruel treatment; perhaps this is an indication of emotional overload in a culture where it seems just about any movie is about aberration and violence of some kind, magnified by colossal special effects. Have I lost my compassion? Maybe I'm just tired of the stuff. Maybe the novelty has worn off.
Written September 28, 2016
The history or military channel has a much more informational (and ironically more interesting and spell-binding) documentary of Zero Dark Thirty. I loved Hurt Locker and was so looking forward to this movie, especially given the reviews. Unfortunately it was a long slow march that could have been easily shortened by an hour and a half. Way too long for the same repetitive scenes of torture, then agent conversations, then waiting, then waiting, then waiting, then finally the raid which was done with great hollywood flair but confusing to watch. So many things in this movie were inaccurate and implausible that it started to become unbelievable, even if there was truth to half of it. It was incredibly boring. The main actress had only one facial expression throughout the movie, with barely an emotion. I would never recommend this movie.