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. The film makes sly reference to the drastic policy shift in prisoner treatment after the administration change from Bush to Obama, and even though neither president is mentioned by name, it’s unmistakable in its implication.
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. I suppose I’ll address the elephant in the room and flat out say that it’s about time a movie like this came out.
Excerpt: Part "Homeland," part "Call of Duty," and part Tom Clancy drama, "Zero Dark Thirty" manages to make an interesting film despite the fact that we already know the ending and the events played out extensively on the evening news so recently.
REVIEW: Kathryn Bigelow's Angular 'Zero Dark Thirty' Is A Stunning, Riveting Achievement
2 May 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 security and place in the world were radically shaken. The film presents the story of what happened in that dark space between.
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. This industry has matured.
Excerpt: Maya (Jessica Chastain, The Tree of Life ) is a young C.I.A. officer who has fully devoted herself to a single mission: finding al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden. Over the course of a decade, we watch as Maya works tirelessly to track down potential leads and persuade her superiors that she's on the right track. After years of searching, Maya finally uncovers a compound that she believes to be Bin Laden's hideout.
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. Just know that Zero Dark Thirty is the type of film that will stay with you -- and not necessarily in a good way.
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 that tied it altogether was asked: “ When was the last time you saw Bin Laden?