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Between 2009’s The Hurt Locker and this year’s Zero Dark Thirty, I think it is safe to say that director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal are making topical conflict dramas differently and more effectively than any filmmaking team working today. The Hurt Locker introduced a grounded, entirely apolitical approach to depicting modern warfare that erred more on the side of journalism than conventional narrative filmmaking, and for Zero Dark Thirty, Bigelow and Boal have completely immersed themselves in that style to explore the world of American intelligence. The film is not, therefore, as immediately accessible as its predecessor, the fictional elements of which allowed for more intimate characterization and emotional attachment, but with stronger storytelling focus and execution, Zero Dark Thirty is potentially more rewarding, and absolutely among the top films of 2012.

The film is about the CIA’s manhunt for Osama bin Laden, and though the depiction »

- Jonathan R. Lack

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