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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
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Zero Dark Thirty

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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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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 Steven TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Jun 2013
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I've got a lot of respect for the bravery of soldiers and the tenacity of the intelligence personnel involved with the actual real-life tale, but this film doesn't do them much justice.

How anyone could turn an international man hunt culminating with a daring raid into this tedious drawn out affair is beyond me. Decent sets and a pretty lead are about all this thing has going for it. I can't even praise the acting because that's what the people on screen are paid for. The analyst is played as distant and cold which garnered little empathy from me. As an eager viewer desperately wanting to enjoy this movie, the film delivered very little in the way of suspense or intrigue and the lacklustre raid at the end capped off a relatively boring couple of hours. Try The International [DVD] [2009] or Green Zone [DVD] for a similar theme but with pace, plot, suspense, intrigue and characters you can actually care for.
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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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2 of 2 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. TAYLOR on 29 Oct 2014
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Torture is wrong no matter what the situation.If you forget your humanity you become the enemy and alienate potential allies and friends.One of the aims of terrorist acts is to force goverments to adopt repressive measures that will alienate their population and bolster the terrorists cause.The film is well made and acted.It leaves you to make up your own mind about the torture and forces you to think.Is it just me or is there a hint that the main protaganist possibly lost her family to a terrorist act.Hence why she could not tell the director of the CIA what her motive for joining was during the scene in the canteen and why she was so driven.This would also explain the emotional release at the end. "What now ?" she seems to say.
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