Written January 13, 2013
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 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 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 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 17, 2013
It's very difficult to understand why this movie is getting rave reviews. It is not fact-based by any means, as there were hundreds of CIA officers and analysts looking at information for 10 years to find Bin Laden. There was too much information for one person to come up with a "hunch" that would be acted on.
The acting is wooden, sterile, emotionless. Okay, maybe that's the way spies are, but it doesn't make the movie any more better. Look, they couldn't even pronouce two place names correctly (Kabul and Peshawar are mangled), so how much of the movie is true?
Two hours of exposition to get to 20 minutes of raid, and the raid was so realistic that you couldn't see anything in the dark. Not even any close-ups of the famous Seal Team Six dog, Cairo, or his acting twin, just a glimpse of him on a leash.
Don't bother with this movie, or if you go, reduce your expectations. It's not Oscar-worthy.