Summary: Jessica Chastain is perhaps the toughest actress I've seen in a movie that has nothing to do with aliens or maybe that is she plays the toughest female character I've seen in a movie that has nothing to do with aliens. As for the movie itself? Almost three hours of torture porn instead of what I thought was the premise, hunting for Osama Bin Laden.
Excerpt: Zero Dark Thirty is the true life story centred around the obsessive CIA analyst who was most responsible for locating Osama Bin Laden. Katheryn Bigelow's Oscar winner is very much like a combination of her previous film The Hurt Locker and The Wire. The bulk of the film is made up of cold-war style spy-duggery as telephones are tapped and suspects trailed to the door of America's most wanted.
Excerpt: Synopsis: In the aftermath of 9/11, America - embodied by CIA agent Maya - embarks on a program of extra-judicial detainment, torture and assassination, culminating in the killing of alleged 9/11 mastermind, Osama Bin Laden. Comments: A deliberately-paced, matter-of-factly presented, "based on a true story" movie. Blu-ray: PQ - aside from some banding during the scenes at the compound - was excellent. AQ was also excellent, if unexceptional.
Excerpt: The tone of the film is probably the most crucial aspect and there is a clear effort on Bigelow's part to present the harsh realities of the hunt for Osama Bin Laden in a matter-of-fact manner that is never about celebrating the eventual mission to kill him nor condemning the methods used during the intelligence gathering that went on. This film largely leaves it for the audience to decide whether the end justifies the means.
Excerpt: What exactly is so great about this again? Oh yeah, they got Osama in the end. First of all, Zero Dark Thirty is not about the manhunt for Osama Bin Laden. It's about empty conversations and atrocious torture scenes. Kathryn Bigelow (the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Directing) directed one of my favorite films of 2009, the Hurt Locker.
Successful as both a gripping thriller and a top-notch drama!
13 August 2013
Excerpt: Out of the nine Best Picture nominees from 2012 there were three that focused on retelling historical events that we already knew the ending to. The winner, 'Argo,' told a harrowing tale about a top-secret CIA mission to get Americans out of Iran after the violent raid on the embassy. 'Lincoln' engrossed us in the difficult political wrangling that our 16th president had to do in order to abolish slavery for good. The last film was 'Zero Dark Thirty'.
Excerpt: De eerste gedachte bij deze film was dat het een documentaire zou zijn, maar niets is minder waar. Het is een goed, boeiend en spannend verhaal, waar zeker de realiteit goed verfilmd is. Wellicht is het ter plekke nog veel erger geweest dan wat wij te zien krijgen, maar ik kan deze film aanraden! De hoofdrolspelers weten de kijken te boeien en daarom leef je jezelf helemaal in als er halverwege plotseling iets vreselijks in de verhaallijn gebeurt.
Excerpt: An important film. Subtly brilliant and perfectly thrilling, Zero Dark Thirty is beautifully paced; at a near 3 hour running time, the film moves along nicely, never dragging. Mark Boal wrote a terrific script; it's dense and might include a little too much information, but I felt like that gave the film another level of authenticity. The performances are flawless.
Excerpt: Deze film eindigt met veel spektakel. Het begin en middenstuk is wat langdradig. De karakters worden nauwelijks uitgediept, eigenlijk wordt vooral een volhardende Maya (hoofdrolspeelster) getoond. De Amerikaanse ondervraagtechnieken worden aardig in beeld gebracht, evenals de moeizame jacht op Osama Bin Laden. Het laatste gedeelte van de film blijft lang nasidderen. Vooral hierdoor scoort de film iets hoger dan gemiddeld.