The raid itself wasn’t the only tension filled, intriguing time of the film; the acting during the decade long manhunt for Bin Laden was terrific. (Columbia Pictures/aceshowbiz.com)
I can only begin to imagine the difficulty in making a movie about a decade long manhunt for Osama Bin Laden. And furthermore, I can only begin to imagine the difficulty in creating a movie that elicits such strong emotion for so many reasons. Director Kathryn Bigelow put together a two and a half hour, astonishingly authentic feeling film about the last ten or so years, and the United States’ search for the most powerful terrorist in the world. With intense action, tremendous acting, and an extremely smart and well-done plot and story, Zero Dark Thirty is a pulse-pounding trip with one hell of an ending.
From the moment this movie came out, it was under constant fire, as senators and other military leaders were calling on Hollywood to take the film down because of the falsehoods shown in the torture scenes. There were accusations that other elements were untrue or partly true, and that they didn’t want the public to remember false information of what really happened. Now, I’ll never know exactly what happened to terror detainees, and neither will anyone else. That’s the kind of information that’s sealed and stored away for the rest of time. I, and everyone else, will also never, ever, know what the raid was exactly like. Sure, one of the Seal Team members published a book (which apparently he shouldn’t have), but who knows what’s distorted information and what isn’t?
What I can say is this – from what I was able to watch on the screen, and the intensity and abundance of information surrounding this manhunt, it came across as real, as true, and as gripping as can be. From that perspective alone, it was chilling during the torture scenes, as Bigelow and crew let it all go, creating uncomfortable and ferocious memorable moments. The acting as noted, was very, very good. Jessica Chastain, who oversaw so much of what happened leading up to the raid, was outstanding. She played each moment extremely well, reserved and haunted initially, and comfortable and exhausted as the movie progressed. There is a scene when she confronts her boss, played by Kyle Chandler, where she “earned” my belief that her Golden Globe win is justified.
As for the raid itself, all you really need to know is that it will leave you open-mouthed and wide-eyed for the entire last half hour of the movie. With ten years plus leading up to this moment, and everything witnessed in the film culminating with one event, it surely doesn’t disappoint. Tastefully done, not showing gruesome violence, but rather the tactical precision and tension of the Seal Team, it’s a wonder to watch. As was the case entirely with Zero Dark Thirty.
ZERO DARK THIRTY: (out of 4)
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