Written May 06, 2016
Do not go into this movie thinking that it is going to be a "shoot 'em up" Mission Impossible type of production. I left almost feeling like I watched a documentary. It has a steady medium-slow pace almost throughout the entire film. That being said, I enjoyed it and would recommend anyone that has interest in the pursuit of Bin Laden to go see Zero Dark Thirty. It will probably even throw fuel to a few conspiracy theories.
Written September 30, 2016
If you're hoping for two hours of SEAL Team 6 raids- don't bother. If, however, you are a student of history and the hunt for one who shares a level of Hell with Stalin or Pol Pot, then go see this. It is thoughtful, occasionally disturbing (ever asking the question- who is worse, morally- those who harm when they've been wronged, or those who harm in the first place?) and for the most part, an historically accurate look at the period between September, 2001 and the raid on bin Laden that lead to his death..
It's long, intense, brilliantly acted, and it forces the viewer to seek humanity in everyone- from the DCI to the lowly, C4-rigged al-Qaeada foot soldier. The "good guys" need to get "better" in many ways-on the Government side- and the "bad guys" need to find a way out of the abyss in which they are raised - a culture of planned obsolescence. If you want war action, play Call of Duty. If you want to think and learn and be riveted- see this film.
Written October 06, 2016
The film did not glorify war or the hunt. It was an intelligent way of telling a story, showing just how long a task like that takes, the patience needed and the costs involved. It's not the best film ever, but it is a film that you really should see.
Written December 24, 2012
ZERO DARK THIRTY amps up the tension from the first scene and rarely backs-off until the end. Even knowing the "story" and its outcome do not prepare you for the shock and immediacy of this film. Granted that there has been some public walking-back on the film's emphasis on "enhanced interrogation" techniques, torture remains a large part of our initial response to 9/11. The central character, Maya, the lead CIA analyst struggling to find Usama bin Laden, is a porcupine personality, lovingly referred to by associates and her supervisors as a "killer." There are a lot of exceptional performances in this film, but the single most impressive is that of the director, K. Bigelow, who delivers and even more awe-inspiring experience than THE HURT LOCKER. I rate this must-see, but be advised it is very tough, gritty and upsetting.
Written January 05, 2013
Pay attention, Hollywood. This is how it's done.
There couldn't have been a better presentation to depict this difficult material. This movie isn't a fist pump for Democrats or fist bump for Republicans. It's not a feel good for Americans. It's the nitty gritty and ugly truth of the tortured captives, lives lost, and faith in others that were necessary to track down Osama Bin Ladin.
This movie is shot with excessive detail. There is sweat where there should be sweat. There is very little use of a score. Zero Dark Thirty let's the acting, silence, and visuals set the tone.
I haven't seen a movie in a very long time where the audience is completely silent. No chewing, no shuffling, no crackling plastic wrappers... The audience was fully enthralled. This may very well be the best movie I've seen all year (as you can see I watch a lot of movies!).
Zero Dark Thirty is as good as it gets. If you like my reviews, add me as a fan. I'll add you back!