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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. Zero Dark Thirty reunites the Oscar® winning team of director-producer Kathryn Bigelow and writer-producer Mark Boal for the declassified true story of history's greatest manhunt for the world's most dangerous man.
Tense, Thrilling, Yet Sobering
Say what you will about the film as a representation, allegory or fabrication of real-life events, Zero Dark Thirty is a fantastic film.
It's a political/intelligence/military procedural at its core; told from the viewpoint of a steadfast CIA agent Maya, the story unfolds with skilfully crafted tension and ever-present stakes.
The film's climax - the infamous SEAL Team compound raid - strips away all of the Hollywood bravado we've come to expect of the US Military in a film and presents something that (at least in its presentation) feels authentic.
From that, the ultimate feeling of Zero Dark Thirty is not one of fist-pumping success or even Maya's own relief, but rather a lingering and sobering reflection of the means, and the cost, to reach this end.
I can't help but feel that the political criticisms laid at this film can only be made by someone who did not fully appreciate the journey that this story took, or worse, didn't even bother to watch the film. It's not often that a film is made so well that touches on events so salient and so raw, and for that Zero Dark Thirty is a film that should not just be appreciated, but appreciated NOW.
More of a procedural than an action movie, and it shows just how dull procedural work can be. But it's a really fantastic movie. I read an interview on CNN with some CIA staffers that worked with Maya, and they claim she didn't stop bragging about how good she was after they plugged UBL: ego the size of the World Trade Cenre apparently. Oh wait… let's change that.
Is it just me, or is this a little...boring? Far too long and a little too confusing for my liking. I honestly preferred the tension, and action, of Black Hawk Down.