Killer Reviews: Zero Dark Thirty

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Zero Dark Thirty

Zero Dark Thirty is an excellent movie as evidenced by its 5 Academy Award nominations, including one for best picture. It has a wide cast of many good actors who give good performances, but the star is clearly Jessica Chastain (The Help) both in screen time and power.  The Academy clearly noticed this also by giving her a Best Actress nomination. She is a true bulldog in this movie, unstoppable and ferocious. As you would expect, director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) does a masterful job of telling this vast and important story.

As you would expect, director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) does a masterful job of telling this vast and important story.

There are definitely some uncomfortable scenes to watch, but this is a serious movie, with many serious people represented. There’s also lots of names, details and minutiae in this film, but that kind of dogged “detective” work or research is how we actually caught Osama Bin Laden. As an American who lost a good friend on 9/11, it was great to see the countless hours of work, both in offices and in the field, put in by many people in all levels and all branches of government organizations, represented on the big screen.

Lastly, seeing the representation of the raid on Bin Laden’s compound is just impressive. It’s unfathomable and most intimidating seeing the Hollywood representation of what our military is capable of—especially our special forces. Imagine what the reality of this actual power looks like! I recommend this movie to all adults who are interested in seeing what led to Bin Laden’s capture.

Posted on February 8, 2013 .