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.

Jessica Chastain,Jason Clarke
2 hours, 37 minutes

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 May 2013
Format: DVD
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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38 of 45 people found the following review helpful By PJ Rankine TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Mar. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
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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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Feb. 2014
Format: DVD
WARNING: I've read all the controversy about the depiction of torture in this movie, and the indignant responses from the authorities. I'm not going to judge it on those grounds -- this is strictly artistic.

A few years ago, Kathryn Bigelow made a little movie called "The Hurt Locker" -- a raw, grimy, unromanticized look at bomb-disposal soldiers in wartime Iraq. It made her the first woman to ever win a Best Director Academy Award.

So she seems like the perfect choice for a much more epic story: the tale of how Special Ops and the CIA finally hunted down and killed Osama bin Laden. It's filmed and directed in the same hyper-realistic manner as "Hurt Locker," but it's clear from the beginning that this is a story with much higher stakes, with repercussions spanning whole countries.

As the story opens, a young CIA agent named Maya (Jessica Chastain) is overseeing the interrogation/torture of al Qaeda prisoners in Pakistan. She learns of a man referred to as Abu Ahmed, who is the personal courier to bin Laden -- and with fierce determination, she sets out to locate this man so she can get bin Laden through him. Even when the man is reported dead, she never wavers in her determination.

Over the years that follow, Maya survives being shot at, bombed, the loss of her friend and a change in administration that may ruin her career. With the help of her friend Dan (Jason Clarke), she follows the intel to a fortress-like compound in Pakistan, where the CIA soon realizes bin Laden is hiding. As the months roll by, Maya pushes for a night raid on the compound -- and when the raid goes through, the soldiers bring the decade-long hunt to its bloody conclusion.
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By Jules TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Nov. 2013
Format: DVD
Zero Dark Thirty follows wet behind the ears CIA intelligence agent Maya (Chastain) as she shuffles through various sources of information as to the whereabouts of OBL over a course of 10 years, as the various terrorist attacks from 9/11 to 7th July etc... are used as landmarks with the story, with the inevitable culmination of the now well known demise of OBL.

The first two hours of this film are a long & painstaking build up to acquiring information on OBL whereabouts, either behind desks, in corridors or meeting rooms. With the occasional excursion to follow, which were tense & emotional yet ultimately predictable. The one interesting focal point was watching this CIA agent Maya, go through a hellish experience of witnessing torture, the death of friends, near death experiences herself etc... as she goes from a rookie to a confident agent who has the belief & conviction in her investigative leads, showing gumption infront of her superiors with explicit language to confrontational verbal matches, as she fights the red tape of the US government. All culminating in the inevitable green light, eventually, Maya see's her baby all the way through to the execution, as she see's off Seal Team Six, in the final 30 minutes or so of the film. In an exciting real time & as a realistic as possible (very dark night scene with NV goggles, as the films title relates too, the time of day the raid happened 00:30), recreation, speculating event's inside the house, of the "Geronimo" finale. And Maya left alone contemplating the results of the past 10 years of her life & that her friends never got to share in it with her.

The acting on the whole was pretty good. Jessica Chastain (
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