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Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

R  |   |  Drama, History, Thriller  |  11 January 2013 (USA)
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A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L.s Team 6 in May 2011.

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Maya is a CIA operative whose first experience is in the interrogation of prisoners following the Al Qaeda attacks against the U.S. on the 11th September 2001. She is a reluctant participant in extreme duress applied to the detainees, but believes that the truth may only be obtained through such tactics. For several years, she is single-minded in her pursuit of leads to uncover the whereabouts of Al Qaeda's leader, Osama Bin Laden. Finally, in 2011, it appears that her work will pay off, and a U.S. Navy SEAL team is sent to kill or capture Bin Laden. But only Maya is confident Bin Laden is where she says he is. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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$417,150 (USA) (21 December 2012)

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$95,720,716 (USA) (29 March 2013)
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At 1:10 into the DVD, a Sony ST-80F tuner and matching TA-88 amplifier, 1969 vintage, can be seen on the top shelf of the bookcase. See more »

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When Maya talks to the CIA director over lunch the Coca Cola bottle has Olympic symbol on it. See more »

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Chastain shines in a so-so film
13 January 2014 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews

Zero Dark Thirty is a retelling of events that ultimately lead to demise of America's number one enemy: Osama Bin Laden. Lead by CIA operative Maya (Chastain), the mission takes about 8 years to be completed, as both sides play their tactics of deception in what appears to be a dead- end confrontation. Kathryn Bigelow directs this Mark Boal script in the fashion that she wants. In a neutral role, Bigelow presents us with what happened in a period stretching from 2003 to 2011, as the US intelligence worked extensively to apprehend the most ruthless terrorist on earth. Jessica Chastain is once again brilliant as her character conveys determination, but also fear and uncertainty as leads come and go. By the end she is the one pushes the most to see her 8 year work be rewarded with the ultimate goal being achieved. As for technical aspects, the sound is used to great extent to support the visuals. Overall the film does tend to drag at points, and the constant documentary-like look on the story adds a little to the toughness i had connecting with it. I applaud it's virtues in filmmaking and the wonderful performance by Chastain, but in the near future i won't look to this movie to impress me.


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