Zero Dark Thirty

A new review from The Movie Snob.

Zero Dark Thirty  (A).  Add my voice to the critical consensus–this is another excellent movie from director Katheryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker).  As you already know, this is the story of the CIA’s hunt for Osama bin Laden, which took almost ten years after 9/11 to reach its successful conclusion in May 2011.  Except for the climactic raid on Osama’s compound in Pakistan, the movie is told almost entirely from the viewpoint of a single CIA analyst named Maya (Jessica Chastain, The Help), whose only job is to find Osama.  Early on, she gets a firsthand look at the abuse of detainees believed to possess valuable knowledge about Al Qaeda, and although she’s a little squeamish at first, she gets past it in a hurry.  Then it’s on to the long, frustrating years of detective work trying to track down the elusive terrorist.  I understand that the movie is supposed to be very accurate, but I wonder if there really is a single Maya out there, or if she was a composite of multiple analysts.  Anyway, Chastain does a nice job playing a character who seems to have very little personality but pursues her quarry with the single-mindedness of a heat-seeking missile.  The Navy SEAL raid on bin Laden’s compound is really well done.  It had me on the edge of my seat, even though I knew full well what was going to happen.  In short,  I loved this movie.  Check it out, and then get a copy of The Hurt Locker and watch that.  Unless you really hate violence in movies; then you’d probably better skip them.

4 comments on “Zero Dark Thirty

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  2. […] If I had managed to see it in 2012, when it was released, I would have picked Zero Dark Thirty as my movie of the year in last year’s column.  If you missed this movie, correct your mistake […]

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