Written September 17, 2014
The portrayal of this landmark event in recent history makes the annalist as a person that has no respect for her superiors (as in bosses). She takes on the job as a religious conviction with the belief that SHE is the only person that is working towards the ultimate goal. This is a very lopsided point of view, and seems to be strained in bringing it to the screen.
The use of "enhanced" tactics to obtain intelligence was muted and not as important as people make it out to be. It was a useful tool for the storyline.
The portrayal of the raid seems to be as accurate as depicted in "No Easy Day". A very clean, well thought out, and executed raid.
Although the movie was put together well, it seemed strained at times in its portrayal of the "heroine". The movie may have been better if the "Special Teams" were given a bigger role showing some watered down preparation for the raid.
All in all, I would give this movie a B-.
Written December 26, 2014
The overwhelming impression I got from this film was realism. Although those expecting a fast-paced story may be dissapointed, they will get a taught and engaging experience where the characters' frustrations and motives are shared by all. Upon viewing the final 30 minutes, anyone let down by the pacing will be rewarded with a fine sequence that is exciting and realistic while still remaining understated and understandable. Events are for the most part very true to actual events that were described by its participants. While the film makers could have produced another biased arrogance piece out of this film, they remained down-the-middle and stuck to the facts. The dialogue was somber and straight-forward, with small bits of humor put in to cut the tension and restore the humanity to certain characters. Although the scope of the film was ambitious, and the events spaced over many years, they managed to maintain a coherent narrative.
Written September 28, 2013
Really interesting look behind the scenes of an iconic world event.
Written September 23, 2014
I loved it all. Thought it was directed as well or better than Argo, the other political true-life thriller of the year. I was not so impressed with the acting, but it was still an emotional experience to watch the story of UBL's undoing come together.
Written November 28, 2014
I think there are always challenges when portraying real events that don't fit into a neat window of time. ZD30 takes place over a number of years and involves a complex series of events that doesn't translate well to the screen. I thought Kathryn Bigelow's direction was great, Jessica Chastain was masterful and the supporting cast fine as well. I just thought most of the movie, except for the last 35 minutes was boring and lacked a cohesive narrative. Maybe I've been spoiled by 24 and Homeland ( and the Hurt Locker). The movie never stops to focus on one character long enough to care about them. Jessica Chastain's character is , of course, the center piece but we never find out what motivates her. To sum up: I liked it and I thought Jessica Chastain deserves all of the accolades coming her way but it wasn't as good as I expected to be.