Saturday, January 26, 2013

Zero Dark Thirty - Movie Reviewed

157 Minutes packed with intense drama, thrill and tension....Kathryn Bigelow executes a brilliant account of the events since 2003 that lead to the eventual capture of UBL. A movie that must be seen and experienced....a movie that justifies being the highest rated film of 2012.

For a movie based on real life events it is kind of tough to talk about characters, however what we can do is talk about the acting. Jessica Chastain plays the amazing Maya....a CIA officer obsessed with one and only one thing - Capture of Usama Bin Laden. Jessica plays her part superbly....the nervousness, the growing confidence of a CIA officer as she matures from being a rookie to a Pro and the anxiousness that she faces as the operation unfolds. Limited dialogues, yet powerful delivery...she does an excellent job at playing the central character.
Jason Clark plays officer Dan - doesnt get much screen time but plays his part effectively. His opening sequences of torturing Ammar....his switching from good cop to bad cop...all excellently portrayed. The movie may be surrounded by controversy and debate on whether it promotes or discourages torture...irrespective...Dan does what he is supposed to with conviction.

Alexandre Desplat composes an apt and subtle background score. The movie primarily unfolds with natural sounds and minimal background music, but where appropriate, the music helps in building the tension.

A nerve rattling the navy seals
 carry out the operation.
The movie makes you forget where you are and with whom you might be sitting. Those 157 minutes engross you and at the end you suddenly realize that you were just watching a movie. Kathryn Bigelow deserves two thumbs up and a pat on the back for executing the script so intensely and building the emotions so strongly. The point at which Abu Ahmed finally is followed to the compound or the part where the navy seal officers prepare to fly to the compound in Abbotabad....make your stomach turn. A tiring yet satisfying movie experience. You can finally connect to that navy seal officer who says.... "I killed the third floor guy"! :)

I rate the movie 4.5 out of 5. You feel the anxiety that Maya feels, you feel the emotional drain that she feel that tremendous victory that America might have felt...on that dark Zero Dark Thirty!

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