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Zero Dark Thirty 2013

Amazon Video

(286) IMDb 7.4/10
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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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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
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful 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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Cosens TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 Sept. 2015
Format: Blu-ray
Zero Dark Thirty is a tense and often heart pounding thriller in its basic form and a gut punching truly relevant political drama in its truest form. Based on true events surrounding the death of the world’s most dangerous terrorist, Zero Dark Thirty is simply stunning from start to finish.

At first this feels like a fairly standard modern war thriller but it quickly transcends this tropes to become a really poignant account of a real life event. Kathryn Bigelow masterfully produces a balanced account. It would be easy to vilify the Americans and equally it would have been easy, not to mention disastrous, to glorify it. The point is a terrorist organisation was bought to its knees through covert operations which in turn would have saved the lives of thousands.

It is tastefully filmed without ever being gratuitous and blends action with the political drams superbly so that it always keeps your interest without dragging.

Jessica Chastain is a marvel and is the perfect grounding point for the audience. You can’t help but support her every move and feel each and every moment she goes through. Her Mia is a determined head strong and intelligent woman who goes up against some tough opposition to push through her leads and her beliefs and ends up making a world changing decision. If it was not for her intuition then things would be very different now.

So on the surface it’s a fantastic political war thriller but it has so much depth and power it won’t fail to move you.
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I appreciate how Kathryn Bigelow went for a totally anti-Hollywood approach to the matter. It's not spectacular, it's not emphatic, it's just a little clich. Still I prefer her previous movie, Hurt Locker, and I think Zero Dark is nothing new stylewise.
Indeed it follows the same path of other recent movies like Argo or The Kingdom, adopting a "70s" style (handheld camera, nervous cuts, grainy photography) which is not justified by the content: it wants to look documentaristic, but it's a patriotic movie disguised as a cinema verite film.
In few words, content wise it's like a hollywood movie (the quest to catch the bad guy...) but stylewise it's not as honest, pretending to be deeper than it really is.
I'm not saying it is not interesting (you can almost feel the uncertainty of the waiting and disorientation of the long search for Bin Laden) and it has not some originality (all the final capture, in the deep dark of night, it is almost invisible and it is just sound and glimpse of nightvisions) but, basically, it doesn't add much or anything off-the record than all the official news and talk shows about the hunt for Bin Laden, or to contemporary cinema.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman/and/movie-fan' TOP 100 REVIEWER on 13 Jun. 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The film follows the true events leading up to the ultimate finding of
and subsequent killing of, the much sought after 'Al-Qaeda' leader
'Osama Bin Laden'
A desperate search that had taken ten long years.
The film brought to our screen by the writer and director of the much
acclaimed movie 'The Hurt Locker' (Kathryn Bigeloiw) which is in my
my opinion another film worth owning.
This film is often intense and frankly brutal when gathering the
information which eventually leads to the assault on 'Bin-Laden's'
A well executed and fact based drama, an engrossing and interesting
viewing experience.......which includes scenes of graphic-violence
including 'Torture' 'Terrorist Attacks' and aftermath, along with the
violent assault on 'Bin-Laden's' compound.
A Well portrayed Drama.
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