My review of Zero Dark Thirty
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My review of Zero Dark Thirty
Posted by RollTide1987 on 1/5 at 9:32 am
Let me just start off by saying I think this film is the best movie of 2012. In fact, it's probably the closest to perfection a movie has come since 2006's United 93 - ironically another movie related to 9/11.

And speaking of 9/11, Zero Dark Thirty opens with a montage of audio clips from that particular day before flash forwarding two years to a secret CIA prison in Saudi Arabia. Here, two CIA agents named Dan (Jason Clarke) and Maya (Jessica Chastain) forcibly interrogate an imprisoned Al-Qaeda operative on Bin Laden's whereabouts. While the man cannot give him the location of Bin Laden, he does drop a name that will become instrumental to the greatest manhunt in human history.

Jessica Chastain is the driving force behind this movie. She delivers a solid performance that warrants an Oscar nomination. She's cold, calculating, and driven. During the interrogation scenes at the beginning of the movie, the terrorist pleads with her to help him. With jaw firm and arms folded, her character Maya simply replies: "You can help yourself by giving us what we want."

While the movie is Chastain's we meet quite a few solid actors along the way, such as the aforementioned Jason Clarke who plays Maya's partner, 'Dan'. Other performances of note are Jennifer Ehle as 'Jessica', Kyle Chandler as section chief Joseph Bradley, and Mark Strong as 'George'. While all of these characters are fictionally named, they are supposedly based on real-life people who worked on the Bin Laden manhunt. The only two characters in this film who seem to be entirely non-fictional are Chandler's Joseph Bradley and James Gandolfini's Leon Panetta.

The film is perfectly paced. There are literally no moments in this film where I felt it dragged, and that is saying something given its 2 1/2 hour run time. The best part of the film is without a doubt the raid on the Bin Laden compound which stays surprisingly faithful to the official story of the raid. Usually Hollywood would try to add a few more gun fights and explosions to make the truth more dramatic then what it really was, but Kathryn Bigelow does a fantastic job with historical accuracy here.

And speaking of Bigelow, I feel as if this is her best work as a director thus far. I found her work on The Hurt Locker to be vastly overrated, however her work in Zero Dark Thirty is more than deserving of an Oscar should she happen to win next month. Mark Boal's screenplay is also better and more polished this time around than it was in The Hurt Locker.

Final Verdict: Zero Dark Thirty is the best film of 2012. It features an incredible performance by Jessica Chastain and brilliant writing and directing from Mark Boal and Kathryn Bigelow respectively; a technical triumph.

Grade: A+




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Posted by rondo on 1/5 at 9:33 am to RollTide1987
but is it full of liberal agenda????!!!??


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Posted by VOR on 1/5 at 9:46 am to rondo
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but is it full of liberal agenda????!!!??



You are joking, right?

ETA: Honest to God, I can't keep up on this site anymore.


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Posted by R2Z2 on 1/5 at 9:47 am to RollTide1987
Disagree. Movie was boring. I didn't care about the lead chick.

Was dull honestly. Would not watch again. Even the raid at the end was stupid easy.

Was surprised to see torture shown to be the only effective tool we've got.



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Posted by Carson123987 on 1/5 at 9:48 am to rondo



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Posted by Carson123987 on 1/5 at 9:49 am to R2Z2
quote:

Even the raid at the end was stupid easy.


It was like 30 vs 5 in real life so I can definitely see that. At least they were accurate



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Posted by Rittdog on 1/5 at 9:53 am to Carson123987
Where did you rank it?

Top 3 movie of the year Carson?



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Posted by TideHater on 1/5 at 10:06 am to RollTide1987
Do they show Bin Laden getting smoked? in the movie is the guy who shoots him a Ginger? In real life a Ginger shot him.


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Posted by RollTide1987 on 1/5 at 10:11 am to R2Z2
quote:

Even the raid at the end was stupid easy.


Well…let's see, a team of highly trained Navy SEALs against a handful of unaware and untrained terrorist sympathizers. The SEALs will win that battle 10 out of 10 times.




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Posted by Carson123987 on 1/5 at 10:12 am to Rittdog
I haven't seen it. I was just commenting on the ease of the raid


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Posted by Zamoro10 on 1/5 at 10:13 am to RollTide1987
wow, you love this movie.

I'm not much of a "current war" movie fan (since we're not removed enough in history to make the movie ultimately relevant/enduring) but really liked Hurt Locker, didn't care for Blackhawk Down and hated Green Zone.

quote:

Jessica Chastain is the driving force behind this movie



Probably the driving force of why I'll see this movie. Just rewatched Take Shelter...she needs more screen time.

If it was just some dude or Jeremy Remer again - macho bullshitee - probably would give it a pass only because we've all seen this stuff a million times before.





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Posted by RollTide1987 on 1/5 at 10:22 am to TideHater
quote:

Do they show Bin Laden getting smoked? in the movie is the guy who shoots him a Ginger? In real life a Ginger shot him.



Yes, they show him getting smoked but the guy that delivered the kill shot is not a ginger.




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Posted by 13SaintTiger on 1/5 at 10:27 am to RollTide1987
quote:

You can help yourself by giving us what we want."


She actually said "you can help yourself by being truthful." The movie was good, not great imo. It's worth seeing at the movie theatre.



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Posted by Fearthehat0307 on 1/5 at 10:56 am to VOR
quote:

VOR
i swear to god you must type in liberal in the search function every time you log on. anytime it is mentioned viola there you are



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Posted by rondo on 1/5 at 10:58 am to Fearthehat0307
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i swear to god you must type in liberal in the search function every time you log on. anytime it is mentioned viola there you are




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Posted by Fearthehat0307 on 1/5 at 11:03 am to rondo
quote:

rondo
supposed to be a tiny violin if you are trying to make the point i think you are.


i'm not hatin on vor but this is like the 3rd time this week i saw liberal in a post and vor was either the next or 2nd to next post. i think he searches for it



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Posted by RLDSC FAN on 1/5 at 11:11 am to RollTide1987
quote:

RollTide1987


have you become TD's unofficial movie critic?



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Posted by Fearthehat0307 on 1/5 at 11:12 am to RLDSC FAN
quote:

have you become TD's unofficial movie critic?
he honestly gives some good reviews i look forward to them



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Posted by BigAppleTiger on 1/5 at 11:20 am to Fearthehat0307
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i'm not hatin on vor but this is like the 3rd time this week i saw liberal in a post and vor was either the next or 2nd to next post. i think he searches for it



You speak as if liberal is not an often used word on the boards. It has overtaken fig as the pejorative of choice. Living in the bell tower, hearing nothing outside.



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Posted by Fearthehat0307 on 1/5 at 11:22 am to BigAppleTiger
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You speak as if liberal is not an often used word on the boards
i wasn't aware it was so prominent on m/tv board

i figured poli board and probably the ot but this is new to me on here.



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