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1: Zero Dark Thirty – The Opening Shot

Zero Dark Thirty opens in darkness, with a montage of 911 calls from the victims in the World Trade Center terrorist attacks: A title fades in announcing the movie is “based on first-hand accounts of actual events.” From there the film cuts to a CIA “black site,” where a man named Ammar is being tortured by a CIA agent named Dan (Jason Clarke) while another agent, Maya (Jessica Chastain) looks on. The juxtaposition of the suffering of 9/11 with the payback that follows is intense, sincere, and sets the stage for 157 minutes of powerful filmmaking. Those first few minutes of audio, will deeply move any viewer, no matter where you stand in the controversy. Director Kathryn Bigelow, along with her sound editor, handle the sequence in a way that honours the victims without being sloppy or crass. In the hands of a lesser filmmaker, »

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