Written April 26, 2017
I came into this movie with low expectations, being more interested in how they would bring the manhunt for Bin Laden to the screen. Realistically, it's a lot of information that isn't typically "public knowledge" and they seemed to have some highly credible sources. That's pretty interesting in and of itself. How that translates to a movie is something else altogether.
Without giving anything away, the movie touches on a huge range of human emotion and literally had me struggling to face the same emotions that were brought upon by the 9/11 situation. Patriotism versus human rights, revenge versus defense. Zero Dark Thirty covered it all. In many cases I was uncomfortable during interrogation scenes or on the edge in action sequences that frankly made it feel like you were a part of the strike team. (We all know how this ends so I'm not spoiling anything).
Suspenseful and gripping, it's the way they tale us for a ride that that makes it all worth while
Written February 25, 2017
Very well done movie, showing the obsession of one person. I do have questions on how factual the actual killing of Bin Laden was but the premise was there.
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.
Written February 11, 2016
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 January 16, 2017
It was truly a sensational thriller, realistic and riveting! Jessica Chastain was fantastic in her role. Although you know the outcome you are on the edge of your seat from beginning to end!