Friday, January 4, 2013

Zero Dark Thirty


Kathryn Bigelow's big screen follow up to her Academy Award winning film, 'The Hurt Locker', is yet another timely story about the war on Terror.  'Zero Dark Thirty' is the most comprehensive account to date on the search for Osama Bin Laden, beginning with his carefully orchestrated attack on the World Trade Center and ending almost a decade later with his assassination by U.S. Navy Seals.  And Bigelow once again proves herself a filmmaking force to be reckoned with.  Her movies are not for sissies.  This one's a powerful and unapologetic look at how we won the war on Terror and cut off the head of the snake.  And Jessica Chastain is unflinching as the CIA agent obsessed with finding the man most of the rest of the political world had given up on.  If you don't have the stomach for U.S. 'interrogation' techniques or can't handle a 2 hour and 45 minute runtime, this one might not be for you.  But I highly recommend it if you can handle it.  Is it 100% accurate?  We'll never know.  But chances are you won't see a better or more realistic account.

Grade: A

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