Zero Dark Thirty *****

1134604 - Zero Dark Thirty

Run Time: 157 Mins Cert: 15

Synopsis: After the 9/11 attacks in 2001, the CIA make al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden a prime target. Over a decade since the the 9/11 attacks, intelligence analyst Maya (Chastain) tracks a courier she senses will eventually lead to finding the location of Bin Laden.


Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow returns with another war drama that is more fact than fiction this time around. The director along with screenwriter Mark Boal has crafted a tense and dark action packed drama. The narrative centres on one woman’s determination of striving for results at the cost of not only her reputation within Washington, but also her life.


The story covers almost a ten year period and never feels long or dragged out. Much has been made surrounding the controversy surrounding the torturing of the detainees, but this aspect is not glorified. If anything it is shown that nothing is achieved from torture and that no significant results were gained from doing this.


Jessica Chastain gives a subtle performance in the lead role. For some audiences it may be too lifeless and stern. But this is what is good about her acting. She portrays a woman who has seen so many horrific things,that she no longer feels anything. Maya is only passionate about her objective.


While the other supporting players are well portrayed, they are simply just that. Many characters are introduced, but there is little enough time for anyone to care about them. The only exception would be Seal Team 6.


When it comes to the finale, Bigelow shows flare and panache with a stunningly thrilling sequence of events. Even although audiences know exactly what happens, there is a tense, nail biting sensation that the siege will fail. If a movie makes you forget and become emotionally involved, it is something truly special.

Reviewed by Paul Logan

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