Zero Dark Thirty,2012, USA
Director: Katheryn Bigelow
Stars: Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton & James Gandolfini
Maya: You can help yourself by being truthful.
day Osama Bin Laden died, one of the first thoughts that crossed my
mind was 'when will the film be released ?' just a little under two
years later came that day, and who better to helm the film than Kathryn
Bigelow, who reached immense success with 'The Hurt Locker' back in
2009. I honestly did not intend on seeing 'Zero Dark Thirty' so soon as I
expected to get nothing out of it, fortunately I was wrong as this film
gave me a swift kick in the face and one of the best experiences of
After the tragic and inhumane event of September 11th
2001, the CIA begins a munhunt for the man responsible, al-Qaeda
terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. A young CIA agent named Maya is one of
the most dedicated to the cause.
To be quite honest, I fully
expected 'Zero Dark Thirty' to be an overly patriotic mess that was
filled with plenty of propaganda, and for the first half an hour of this
film I thought I was correct, but then the film took me in its grip and
never let go. I am one of the few that disliked Bigelow's 'The Hurt
Locker' and hated the fact received so many undeserved Oscars, so I
really did not care to watch any more of her work. I am so glad I saw
'Zero Dark Thirty' though, this film is a completely rewarding
experience about the pursuit for justice.
The first half an hour
of this film really did not entice me though, It was a little clustered
and I was quite unsure as to what Bigelow and Screenwriter Mark Boal
were aiming for, but then they really found their stride and have
created what will be an endearing piece of work. I will be the first to
admit that, despite my dislike of the first part of this film, I do
believe that Bigelow has given one of the best directorial efforts of
the year. It isn't really Oscar worthy but it does deserve a nomination,
Its a hard thing to create suspense when the audience is already aware
of a situations outcome, but Bigelow achieves it as the last 30 minutes
of this film are some of the most exciting I've seen on film all year.
Boal's screenplay is good to, and is informative as well as enthralling.
Some may enter this film expecting action and full throttle
suspense, but the film only features one of these aspects. The film is
incredibly suspenseful, but it creates this suspense using dialogue,
which is always my favorite kind of suspense. There are some beautifully
executed action sequences as well though, as the climax at Bin Laden's
compound is just great.
This film has gained a substantial
amount of controversy for being 'pro-torture', I am not really sure how
to respond to that. There are a couple of mild torture sequences towards
the beginning of the film and they are conducted by the American's, but
I wouldn't say that the film endorses acts of torture for the greater
good. It may not portray them as being right, but it does portray them
as being effective.
I only really heard of Jessica Chastain for
the first time in 2011, when she was in 'The Tree of Life', I have seen
her in a few films since and more often than not, she has stolen the
show. But I wouldn't say that Chastain steals the show here, because she
IS the show. What a performance! absolutely incredible! without a
shadow of a doubt Jessica Chastain is one of the finest working
actresses today and this is her crowning achievement. Such a brave and
courageous performance, she brings so much believability and toughness
to this role and gives a tour de force performance. If she does not
receive an Oscar for this then I have lost all faith in the Academy. The
supporting is also great, featuring the likes of Joel Edgerton, James
Gandolfini, Kyle Chandler, Mark Duplass and Mark Strong, everyone is
great here but it is really the Jessica Chastain.
Thirty' really is an incredible film experience. Bigelow and Boal have
collaborated to create an incredible piece of work that completely
eclipses 'The Hurt Locker' (For me, that wasn't hard'). Jessica Chastain
gives a performance that has been ranked as one of the very best of the
year. The incredible manhunt for Osama Bin Laden has been brought to
the screen, and like the real life situation, it has been done justice.
One of the best films of 2012