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The film follows the true events leading up to the ultimate finding of
and subsequent killing of, the much sought after 'Al-Qaeda' leader
'Osama Bin Laden'
A desperate search that had taken ten long years.
The film brought to our screen by the writer and director of the much
acclaimed movie 'The Hurt Locker' (Kathryn Bigeloiw) which is in my
my opinion another film worth owning.
This film is often intense and frankly brutal when gathering the
information which eventually leads to the assault on 'Bin-Laden's'
Compound.
A well executed and fact based drama, an engrossing and interesting
viewing experience.......which includes scenes of graphic-violence
including 'Torture' 'Terrorist Attacks' and aftermath, along with the
violent assault on 'Bin-Laden's' compound.
A Well portrayed Drama.
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Why do people use their reviews to make political points or critise the actions of a third party? It doesn't matter what you think about waterboarding or the CIA, you're here to review a piece of fictionalised film making to give potential buyers an opinion.
That said I really enjoyed this film. It's no spoiler to say that the actual attack on Bin Laden's compound occupies the final half hour of a two and a half hour movie and when I realised how long the film was I did wonder how Katherine Bigelow was going to keep me interested.
Well she did it with a tense slow burning fuse of a movie based upon Jessica Chastain's character's obsession with killing Bin Laden. She goes from a fresh faced new recruit who turns her face away from torture to the a hard bitten professional spy. I felt her tears at the end were due to her realsing she had nothing left in her life following the success of the mission.
If your sort of movie doesn't progress beyong 'Die Hard' (which I love too) then you probbaly won't enjoy this film. If however you do like a good story with a superb cast performance then this could be for you.
If 'Die Hard' is the only type of movie you enjoy then don't bother fast forwarding to the end. The raid on the compound portrays professional soldiers and a job well done not gung ho trigger happy grunts.
The picture quality of the blu ray is superb and it has an excellent 5.1 audio track too.
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on 19 April 2014
I have seen The Hurt Locker and gave it 5 stars, so I film set in similar settings was always going to a tough call for the the directer. But low and behold she did it.

I already had a huge interest in the real events of 9/11 following on to 7/7, and wanted nothing more than justice. When the story actually broke, I wondered if a film or documentary would of been made. Yes were my answers.

I as well as millions around the world wanted to know exactly what happened that night and how they actually achieved killing the most wanted man in the world.

Of course details had to be left out but the complexities of the events were plan to see, from the names to who had links why they had links and who was truly involved with the man, They are all spelled out to you in an easy to follow script. Full of tensions and gripping scenes. The torture scenes were standard in my eyes obviously not nice to witness but we have all watched horror film and to me they are ten times worse.

Jessica's one woman crusade to hunt and kill the worlds most wanted man was incredible she stole the show and rightly so, her grit passion determination and patience were what made this an amazing memorable performance.

The music set the tone and the the dialect with the need of massive explosions (apart from one) CGI and all those big holiday techniques, is what makes this one film that literally go down as history as to the day many of us felt free.
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on 11 February 2013
I have a lot of respect for film makers that are prepared to be brave. A gritty straightforward "docu film" about the biggest manhunt in history. We will never know what actually happened but this is the next best thing. There are no "hoowaahh" amercanisms either - just pinpoint detail.

It does contain torture scenes but these are nowhere near as bad as what you have been lead to believe. In fact Ive seen worse on a BBC Sunday night!

Very different to the Hurt Locker but if you liked that or other political docu films you will like this. The first 5 minutes of the film are probably the most provocative..and theres nothing on screen. Your just listening....

A Classic
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on 1 November 2014
Review of ZERO DARK THIRTY starring Jessica Chastain - 1st November 2014. The story of the hunt for Osama Bin Laden is a fascinating one and if you are into that kind of thing, as I am then this is a great film! Slated by some for its torture scenes, which I found to be quite tame and on a par with other movies of this genre, the film follows the tenacious Mia, played by the lovely Jessica Chastain as she is sent out to Afghanistan to hunt for Bin Laden. The movie traces her first steps into the interrogation methods used to extract information from captured terror suspects, through her battle with US officialdom in the form of Washington and the CIA and getting the resources she needs to actually hunt effectively for the big man himself, to finally convincing the sceptics that she has actually found Bin Laden. The final masterpiece at the end of the film, the actual mission into Pakistan to carry out the SEAL raid, was something I was worried that Hollywood might mess up, since script writers and movie directors are well known for taking so-called "artistic licence" with some subjects and eventually screwing up the story out of all proportion. Thankfully not so with Zero Dark Thirty, where the finale of the film, the actual raid itself, is really gripping to watch. Highly recommended viewing!
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on 4 February 2013
It's inevitable that comparisons will be drawn between Kathryn Bigelow's latest and Ben Affleck's surprise hit Argo (DVD + UV Copy), however suffice to say that as good as it is, the latter just can't match this for sheer balls-out tenacity - embodied, ironically, by Jessica Chastain's peerless CIA officer, Maya. By the film's denouement, Maya has spent her entire twelve year CIA career hunting Bin Laden, and upon her mission's eventual success (no spoiler as the film's based on real events), we see the massive sense of anti-climax through her eyes; a suitably passionate ending to a fine movie.
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on 2 March 2014
A film I felt I had to watch rather than really wanting to.

I'm glad I made the effort as overall its a very effective, tense, tightly paced film. It feels much more like a documentary than Kathryn Bigelow's previous film - "The Hurt Locker" and as such is a much colder experience, which fits the subject matter. There are uncomfortable torture scenes, plenty of shocking moments and some painfully tense scenes. You really feel the frustration as the team hit brick wall after brick wall with their investigations.

Excellent performances from everyone involved, and Jessica Chastain in particular is fantastic. For Parks and Recreation fans its interesting to see Chris Pratt's turn up in the final scenes with a pivotal role.

Overall then a tense docu-drama after which is hard to like but should be seen.
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on 13 November 2015
A taut and compelling film. I'm sure we should pay attention to the word 'based'. But that aside the low-key tension and the lack of histrionics (apart from the CIA chief go around a table screaming) is a worthy approach. I see some object to the fact that the central character is a woman....presumably they should be at home at the kitchen and sending the men off to work with a brave smile, or sat in Langley looking intently at screen then spinning on a chair to a central character and say in a trembling, yet adorning manner 'Sir....'
Another thing I like about this film is that it must drive the pixie-hat & tricycle brigade of the Truthers absolutely crazy(er), them and the America is the Font of all Evil brigade
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on 29 March 2014
The film is too long. There are too many office based scenes and the action, when it comes, is far from exciting.

I've seen documentaries that portray the Seal raid against Bin Laden in a more exciting manner.
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on 8 February 2015
A somewhat light tale unfortunately.
What set it off on the wrong foot for me was the quality of the sound. We have a quite expensive 5.1 system and 95% of the sound came from the two speakers in front of the tele. The dialogue was almost unintelligible. I watched a film the night before made in the 1980s and the sound quality was impeccable. Heard every word of the conversations. What are they doing with all this expensive kit?
The next annoying aspect was that the attack on Bin Laden's house was filmed in the dark with the obvious result. Don't the people that make films realise that people have to see what is going on otherwise it's a radio programme.
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