Written December 20, 2012
This movie was great!!!! It was not your hollywood typical story telling this was straight facts and even though we all know a bit of the story from what was reported you still sit in the theater anticipating what is going to happen.....My hats to the director for sticking to the facts...good movie must see
Written December 24, 2012
Suspenseful even though you know how it turns out. To us, it didn't appear to over-emphasize the value of torture and it sure didn't glorify the practice.
Written September 26, 2014
I enjoyed this movie. I thought it was made well and told the story well. Even though it's based on real events and you might know what's going to happen, I still found it very suspenseful. I could see why Jessica Chastain has won best actress awards so far. You'll get your money's worth on this movie.
Written July 14, 2013
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Written January 13, 2013
The basic theme of this movie is revenge, wrapped in the gift papers of American patriotism and the new ethic of female machoism. It is seriously flawed, in spite of all the superlative hype. I would start with the ending, which as an add-on (due to recent current events) is too long and not climatic or creative. Maya, the protagonist, is well played though her striking beauty makes her somewhat unbelievable as a CIA operative trying to blend in another culture. This movie purports to be realistic and near journalistic in its scope, but several near laughable scenes of Maya referring to herself as a m----- f-----, Maya on the tarmac alone with the helicopters, Maya opening the body bag, seem to lean towards a superhero movie on the order of Wonder Woman. Finally, although there are beautiful scenes of life in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the movie contributes virtually nothing to understanding the fabric of those cultures.