Excerpt: I give Bigelow and Boal high marks for their unflinching depiction of CIA interrogation methods of torture in extracting information from Islamic detainees. Beatings, water boarding, sleep deprivation—it sure doesn’t leave much to the imagination.
REVIEW: Kathryn Bigelow's Angular 'Zero Dark Thirty' Is A Stunning, Riveting Achievement
7 April 2013
Excerpt: Kathryn Bigelow's angular thriller Zero Dark Thirty begins and ends with events that have been seared into public memory — the attacks on September 11, 2001 and the death of Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011 in Abbottabad, Pakistan, two incidents that bookended a decade in which America's sense of...
Excerpt: Picture this film 30 years ago, assuming said real events allowed it to happen. Sylvester Stallone would have led a group of soldiers into a compound guns blazing, explosions surrounding the team until a kooky side character made a dramatic rescue. It would have certainly been about the spectacle.
Excerpt: I’m not and never have been a member of the US Armed Forces. My father was, a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, he was a Captain in the Marines. So with that said, I’m not really that well-versed in the way things work when it comes to our military. More on that later.
Excerpt: The Film Director Kathryn Bigelow follows up her 2009 Oscar winner The Hurt Locker with another film worthy of a gold statue. Of course, this year's Best Picture honors went to Argo . I'm not going to get into an argument about which film is better.
Excerpt: I remember the exact moment I learned about this film. I was at the movies; it was the first trailer on the film, and I immediately felt my intrigue build. The trailer didn’t give much away; at the time it felt like a disassembled puzzle joined together by multiple voiceovers, and then the question...
Excerpt: By any estimation, the challenge of producing a film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden without politicizing or sensationalizing the events (or simply creating the usual docudrama cheese) is enormous.
Conclusion: Zero Dark Thirty is quite the remarkable movie in any number of ways. It's highly controversial but grounds itself in an almost frighteningly real authenticity that must be seen to be believed.