Zero Dark Thirty

Columbia Pictures Released 2012


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Kathryn Bigelow

al-Qaeda terrorist Osama Bin Laden's is hunted down and killed by Navy SEAL Team 6 after over a decade on the run. This is the chronicle on how it went down.

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  • 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    The film's power steadily and relentlessly builds over its long course, to a point that is terrifically imposing and unshakable.

  • 100

    indieWIRE Eric Kohn

    Bigelow delivers an acute realization of the mission's execution that's eerily in sync with the way it played in the popular imagination. Visually, the events unfold as a mashup of...

  • 90

    Boxoffice Magazine

    A masterwork from a master filmmaker.

  • Just, okay.

    By no means do I think that this is a work of being Simply, it is just a movie exploring the hunt of al-Qaeda. While the torture scenes were interesting, and controversial for whatever reason (my own old mother could watch it and not see anything that would spark a panic), that's like 1/3 of the movie. Another third is how they could track Osama. Talking to people, and desk work.

    Chastain is great in this movie, but the supporting characters are expendable and just there to be there and assist her in the hunt for al-Qaeda.

    The last 30 minutes seem to be buzzworthy. Yeah, it's suspenseful, but same with tons of other movies which can generate just the right about of suspense for me as well, so it's nothing special.

    I would watch it once just to watch it, but I'm not going to re-watch it again because it is such a "great

  • Great performances, amazing sound design

    There were so many brilliant decisions made in this movie, but starting with a black screen over a minute's worth of sounds from 9/11may have been the best. No need to replay the images we've seen a thousand times.

    Letting Jessica Chastain carry the film also produced the best end result even though many filmmakers would be tempted to widen the narrative to include the politics surrounding the events. Every moment she's on screen, she's working on one objective and the resulting buildup of frustration and tension is amazing given we already know the ending of the story. Cutting away from Chastain for much of the final third of the film is equally brilliant, as it gives center stage to one of the best action scenes ever filmed and one that we've been excited to see for the last year. Absolutely worth seeing it on the big screen while you can.moreless


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