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Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

After their Best Picture-winning collaboration on The Hurt Locker, director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal – who each won respective Academy honours also – have returned to document the interceding period between two of the most politically relevant events of our time – 9/11 and the 2011 assassination of Osama Bin Laden. The result is a lengthy, muscular, ultimately thrilling drama that sits atop the pantheon of 9/11 cinema, though audiences expecting more of Bigelow’s last film had best take heed that this is a very different beast.

The first things we hear in Zero Dark Thirty are the recordings of 9/11 victims making phone calls to their families and the emergency services, tastefully overlaid with nothing but a black screen. It provides a simple, no-frills context to what we’re about to see – as if we really need it – before Bigelow cuts to a man being brutally interrogated by one »

- Shaun Munro

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