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Zero Dark Thirty - Film Review

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Published February 8th 2013
When Osama bin Laden fell
When the news of Osama bin Laden's death came out in 2011, the world reacted with collective disbelief. After all, the man recognised as single-handedly controlling terrorism in the world seemed indestructible. And how he was killed was surrounded by much controversy, which extended to the movie that is based on the events involving the decade-long manhunt for bin Laden.

I went to see Zero Dark Thirty with great expectations, mostly because its director Kathryn Bigelow has a reputation for being straightforward and unflinching with her films, and I have been a fan of the talented Jessica Chastain ever since I saw her in The Debt.

The movie certainly delivered - it is dramatic and exciting, and intelligent in its rendering of the CIA's efforts to hunt down bin Laden. The ensemble cast is talented and appealing. Even in the controversial torture scenes, one sympathises with both the perpetrator and the victim - two people who are just doing their jobs, on opposite sides of the fence.

But what shines in the movie is Jessica Chastain's portrayal of Maya, the CIA agent who pursued the case. Maya's emotional progression through the ten-year manhunt is all there on Jessica Chastain's face. It was really all about her determination and perseverance in her efforts and in the Agency's to catch bin Laden, even though at some point one realises that the endeavour has become personal for her.

It is unfortunate that commentaries have come out regarding the inaccuracies of certain details used in the film, and this is, indeed, a major flaw. Much has been said, as well, about the torture scenes and how it was used to extract information. But despite these, Zero Dark Thirty's depiction of how bin Laden was found and killed is smart and sharp and definitely worth watching.
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Why? An intelligent depiction of the manhunt for Osama bin Laden
When: Now showing
Where: In cinemas
Cost: It depends on the cinema
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