Zero Dark Thirty 2012

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A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May 2011.

Starring:
Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Ehle
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 37 minutes
Starring Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Ehle, Mark Strong, Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Harold Perrineau, Chris Pratt, Frank Grillo, Edgar Ramirez, Kyle Chandler
Director Kathryn Bigelow
Genres Thriller
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK
Rental release 9 August 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 37 minutes
Starring Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Ehle, Mark Strong, Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Harold Perrineau, Chris Pratt, Frank Grillo, Edgar Ramirez, Kyle Chandler
Director Kathryn Bigelow
Genres Thriller
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK VIDEO RENTAL
Rental release 9 August 2013
Main languages English

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 28 Feb. 2015
Format: DVD
A controversial and thought-provoking film. The fact that it stirred up a hornets nest at the CIA and in Congress about whether info was leaked to the film's makers makes me think that at least some of it is based on fact, despite what other reviewers (likely with a strong political bias) might claim to the contrary. It's opening, with a dark screen and soundtrack of actual calls made to the 911 operator from inside the World Trade Center Towers on 9/11, is about as powerful an opening a film can have and brilliantly sets the stage for what follows, scenes of Arab detainees being interrogated (that is, tortured) for information about Al Qaeda. The film follows a real life CIA operative (named Maya in the film) who still works for the agency and, indeed, was responsible for finding Bin Laden per The Washington Post. Throughout the film, Maya single-mindedly pursues Bin Laden until that fateful day in May 2011 when he was killed by Seal Team Six.It's not an easy film to watch. This is no light entertainment; not a fun night at the movies. Most of the characters are unsympathetic. And, for me at least, the movie brought forth waves of conflicting thoughts and emotions about how our nation responded to 9/11. The casting is a stroke of genius, with the uber-feminine and fragile looking Jessica Chastain as the obsessed CIA agent with a heart of brass who's the bane of her agency superiors. She's playing against type and does it brilliantly. Jason Clarke and Kyle Chandler are also standouts in a uniformly terrific cast. I already know that this film will stay with me for a long time. It raised questions that can't be easily answered, if at all. It's a riveting film even though we already know how the story ends. You won't want to even blink during the last hour or so.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 100 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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34 of 40 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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53 of 63 people found the following review helpful By treadstone on 11 Feb. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
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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