14A) Zero Dark Thirty
Running Time: 157 Minutes.
3 stars out of 4.
Director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal took home top prizes at 2010's Academy Awards for there film The Hurt Locker, and won Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. They follow up 2009's The Hurt Locker, with Zero Dark Thirty about the manhunt for Osama Bin Laden. Zero Dark Thirty is an intense, suspenseful, emotional, and disturbing film that is near perfect, and as many have said "Zero Dark Thirty is a film to define a decade," and I could not agree more. Zero Dark Thirty is based on first hand accounts of actual events, and Kathryn Bigelow has compressed 10 years into two and a half hours, and has done this superbly.
Zero Dark Thirty follows Maya(Jessica Chastain) a young CIA officer, whose only job is to find Bin Laden. We follow her character for many years, as she puts together the puzzle for as to where he is located. We also meet her fellow CIA officers such as Dan(Jason Clarke) and Jessica(Jennifer Ehle). The ten year manhunt for Bin Laden is on, and Zero Dark Thirty lets the viewer witness "The Greatest Manhunt in History."
Zero Dark Thirty is an god cinematic experience, even though everybody knows the ending, the film is so suspenseful because nobody knows the events leading up to killing Bin Laden. While watching the film you learn things that you never knew happened.
Maya is played incredibly by Jessica Chastain. As many other critics have noted, as the viewer you learn nothing personal about Maya besides her name, and that she works for the CIA. Jason Clarke leads a beyond stellar supporting cast, and Jennifer Ehle adds slight humour to some board room meetings.In my opinion it was a great choice, for director Kathryn Bigelow, and screenwriter Mark Boal, to tell the story in a very calm and quiet fashion. I feel that, had the film been a two and a half hour suspenseful thrill ride, it would have lost some of the realism, and would have seemed to staged and made up.
The raid of the compound is extremely suspenseful, and disturbing as you see US Navy Seal Team entering the compound, to shoot the man. I was at the edge of my seat, and even though I knew what would happen, I still was reaching for the popcorn, and watching the raid as if I did not know what would happen.
There is a very big controversy surrounding the film, and the subject of torture. Many scenes of Zero Dark Thirty, is americans torturing terrorists for information, and as a viewer it is disturbing and you hope that it wasn't true, but you know that it is not the films fault for portraying what actually happened in a realistic way. Many American senators say that Zero Dark Thirty does not portray what actually happened, and that Americans did not torture. In my opinion, I think there is no reason for the controversy because after all this is a movie and as the films star Jessica Chastain agrees, things have been dramatized for the sake of telling the story in an entertaining form.