Written January 16, 2013
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 January 12, 2013
i saw the trailer for this movie a few times. and i've watched the full documentary of this raid on cable.. (i forgot if it was military channel or history channel)
anyway, its not what i expected. if you were expecting that its going to be more concentrated on the raid, then you're wrong.. its mostly a docu-drama on the CIA's perspective. the first twentyminutes will show you the process of how they interrogate people. and the fun of it. but after they get you pumped up, you need the patience to sit for 2 hours listening to the CIA's office drama. then finally, 10 minutes in the end show you the raid.
if you still want to sit and watch this poor excuse of a movie, then this is for you.
FINAL SAY: ACT OF VALOR was much better of a movie if you wanted to see our navy seals in action.
Written January 26, 2013
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 January 12, 2013
Excellent story on the research and time to find bin Laden - particularly since it was one woman who drove a nebulous lead. Good reminder too of all the strikes that continued to happen around the world - London and again in NYC. I actually will see it again to pick up on anything I might have missed. Although the movie is long, it's very captivating to see how the CIA works (assuming the movie is somewhat accurate).
Written January 14, 2013
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.