Zero Dark Thirty
2013
This pulse-pounding thriller dramatizes the night of May 2, 2011, when the Navy's SEAL Team 6 set out to capture or kill Osama bin Laden. The world knows of their triumph; now the chronicle of every perilous second is about to unfold.

Evie Totty: “It ruled.”

The movie lasted 2 hours and 45 minutes. It didn't seem like that to me.

It did consist of two movies though. The hunt and then the capture. The hunt dragged at times... but for the most part was good.

The capture was just full of tension even though you knew the end result. I remember watching a review of what happened on 30 Rock a few weeks back and where BO told Brian Williams that the picture they showed of them all was probably taken when they had problems with one of the helicopters.

I imagined the President and his staff watching at that time and remembering the looks on their faces...

If you liked The Hurt Locker, you'll like this.

− January 14, 2013 • more by Evielog in or create an account to reply

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Scott Hardie: “It ruled.”

I don't know if this film is historically accurate, but it certainly feels accurate. It feels like a mere document of how the CIA eventually found and killed Osama bin Laden, a non-fiction film without much in the way of artistry or added drama. (The scenes are compelling enough without needing to be dressed up with heroism or bravado.) Because the film has no apparent agenda except to show what happened, it curiously provoked controversy on both sides of the political aisle, from those who thought it glorified and over-emphasized the role of torture in finding bin Laden, to those who thought the opposite. Forget the controversy and just see this for what it is, a pretty good thriller and historical account.

− April 7, 2013 • more by Scottlog in or create an account to reply

Erik Bates: While listening to NPR one day, I heard audio of a scene with Jessica Chastain, and it completely turned me off to wanting to see the movie. For the first time ever, NPR's positive coverage of a movie had the opposite intended effect on me.

If I were to pair up the visual with the audio of that scene, I'm sure it would be more compelling, but the audio on its own made the whole thing sounded contrived.

I'm sure I'll still watch the movie eventually, but I'm not in any rush. − April 8, 2013 • more by Erik

Scott Hardie: What was the scene? Just curious. I can imagine several scenes in the movie being off-putting if taken out of context. − April 8, 2013 • more by Scott

Erik Bates: Honestly, I don't remember. Something with her shouting about catching Bin Laden.

That's reeeeal helpful considering the plot of this movie, isn't it?

It's been a while since I heard it, so I don't remember completely. Is there a scene where she's trying to convince them that HER plan is the best one? Something along those lines. She's real intense and just not very "Celia Foote" which is how I first experienced her. − April 8, 2013 • more by Erik

Scott Hardie: Heh, good way of putting it. Yeah, she's tenacious in Zero Dark Thirty. It's one of the points of the film, that she had to be aggressive for anything to get done. − April 8, 2013 • more by Scott

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