Zero Dark Thirty 2013

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For a decade, an elite team of intelligence and military operatives, working in secret across the globe, devoted themselves to a single goal: to find and eliminate Osama bin Laden.

Starring:
Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke
Runtime:
2 hours 37 minutes

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Zero Dark Thirty

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Product Details

Genres Thriller
Director Kathryn Bigelow
Starring Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke
Supporting actors Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Ehle, Mark Strong, Kyle Chandler, Edgar Ramirez, James Gandolfini, Chris Pratt, Callan Mulvey, Fares Fares, Reda Kateb, Harold Perrineau, Stephen Dillane
Studio Universal Pictures
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lee James on 1 Nov 2014
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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Valerie J. TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 Oct 2013
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There have been a lot of negative reviews of Zero Dark Thirty (2012) based on the real-life hunt for Osama bin Laden and those involved in the terrorist attacks by the al-Qaeda against citizens of the USA and other countries. I have to agree that the storyline seems to lack excitement in what should have been an exciting movie but I don't think it's fair to rubbish it and possibly Kathryn Bigelow was trying to prevent the movie turning into one of those all too familiar gung-ho action/thrillers that seem to depart from reality with showers of explosions and buildings collapsing on a regular basis - not to mention car chases. While I admit I know little about what went on following the 9/11 attacks, I can well imagine that it took a lot of tedious investigation and frustration to obtain results; after all, they were dealing with fanatical and religious people who were willing to sacrifice themselves while bombing their victims, not people who would readily sell-out their grannies for a fiver.

Anyway, what do I know about it all except that I thought the movie was pretty decent - it came up to my expectations because I was expecting it to be more drama than action/thriller and so I wasn't disappointed. As for the torture scenes, they were no worse than you would see in many an action movie including James Bond movies.

I have no idea how much 'artistic license' was used in the making of Zero Dark Thirty (2012) but I thought Kathryn Bigelow did a fair job of it. Even so, the Oscar that it won in the 2013 Academy Awards ceremony was for Best Achievement in Sound Editing. The Oscar for Best Motion Picture of the Year (2012) went to Argo, another controversial movie.

I watched Zero Dark Thirty (2012) by way of Blu-ray which I bought online from Amazon.UK.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 May 2013
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This film is about Maya (Jessica Chastain) a potty mouthed CIA operative and her one woman crusade to get Bin Laden. It starts off with 9-11. Maya is a composite character. The CIA is not as dumb as this film portrays. She visits CIA black sites around the world through their revolving door. It appears as if she got all the intelligence on her own. We know this was not the case.

In comparison, I must say "Seal Team Six" was a far better film as far as plot. What this film offers is an obsessed Jessica Chastain who borders on insanity. Her character seemed unrealistic at times, but compelling at other times.

Much has been made about the politics of this film which I found they took great lengths to be non-controversial. Sometimes facts have a bias to them. There is excessive torture at the beginning of the film. Information is gathered from people that have been tortured, but not necessarily because of it, as there is a disconnect between the two events. The audience is allowed to decide on its effectiveness. Seal Team Six appears late in the film, almost as an afterthought. The other film was superior in presenting the Navy Seals.

Obama and Bush aren't mentioned per se. Obama appears speaking in the background on TV. There is a new policy concerning torture that is alluded to, but the details are not given. One remark was, "You don't want to be the one caught holding the dog collar."

There is a reluctance on the part of some to invade the Bin Laden compound due to the WMD/Iraq disaster although no blame is specifically placed.

Chastain does an excellent job and is the best aspect of this feature. In an idea world she would have played Maya in "Seal Team Six.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tim Young on 28 Jun 2014
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This film charts the Americans ultimately successful attempt to find and eliminate Osama Bin Laden. Made to be as historically accurate as possible, this is not a cheerful film, but with a very atmospheric soundtrack it is an enthralling one. This film might not be for everyone, but as a depiction of intelligence gathering techniques, and special forces operations, it is one of the best I have seen.
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