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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

Zero Dark Thirty

Product Details

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
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

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Valerie J. TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 Oct 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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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52 of 61 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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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful By PJ Rankine TOP 500 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennie Lynch on 17 Jun 2014
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Brutal, engrossing and morally challenging film. There has certainly been some controversy about the torture scenes and scope for discussion about whether the end does justify the means. However, the director does not portray the story as a simple fight between good and evil and shows an uncompromising snapshot of the realities of war.
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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Scaroth, Last of the Jagaroth on 4 Feb 2013
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Happy chap on 1 Jun 2014
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More of a documentary for three quarters of the movie turning into a movie for the last 20 minutes, scenes of torture are difficult to watch not a movie i would watch again
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Random on 1 Jun 2014
Format: DVD
How has the producer managed to turn one of the most exciting episode in recent international affairs into a turgid, grind of a film? By falling into the modern trap of thinking that to be successful a film has to be arty, difficult to comprehend and far too long. I am astounded at how bad this film is. The first hour passes with almost nothing intelligible said - it is just constant mumbling with the camera flicking around in dingy rooms, which makes it very difficult to know what is happening. Even bomb blasts, terrorists captures and detailed intelligence work is rendered boring by the annoying lead actress and a cast of dull mumblers in support. I didn't even get to the end as I was fed up fighting my constantly closing eyelids. The producers of this should be ashamed. Watch Homeland for insight into how to make something interesting, understandable and engaging.
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