Movie reviewed: Zero Dark Thirty

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5

It has been almost two years since the death of Osama Bin Laden, and considering the importance of this event, it wasn’t surprising that a movie would be made about it. That movie is Zero Dark Thirty, a movie that has stirred up a lot of controversy and a lot of Oscar nominations including Best Picture.

Zero Dark Thirty focuses on the single minded CIA agent Maya (Jessica Chastain) who for almost a decade focused on trying to locate the whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden. Maya gets a tip about a courier that works for Bin Laden after “enhanced interrogation techniques” used by another agent (Jason Clarke) on a detainee (Reda Kateb). Maya continue to follow leads about this mysterious courier until she is able to find him in a fortified home in Pakistan. Maya must then convince her superiors that Bin Laden is at this location. 

The most interesting part of this two and a half hour movie is the last half hour that focuses on the Navy SEAL’s raid in Pakistan. This part of the film is fascinating to watch and is a rare look at the actions of these elite forces. The first two hours slowly gathers the information on the courier that leads to Bin Laden`s location and this part of the film seemed to lag at time. Jessica Chastain has already won a Golden Globe for her performance and this should increase her chances at taking an Oscar home on Feb. 24.

This film suggests that the torture of detainees resulted in critical information on the location of Bin Laden and this has created a lot of controversy. So much so that the director of the CIA made the unusual move of commenting on the film and denying that information gathered from such actions was of any significant benefit to the capture of Bin Laden.

Until next time, I will see you at the cinema.