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Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wahab Sheikh ...
Detainee on Monitor
Detainee on Monitor
Detainee on Monitor
Aymen Hamdouchi ...
Detainee on Monitor
Detainee on Monitor
Ali Marhyar ...
Interrogator on Monitor
Interrogator on Monitor


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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The greatest manhunt in history. See more »

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Rated R for strong violence including brutal disturbing images, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 January 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kill Bin Laden  »

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Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$95,720,716 (USA) (29 March 2013)

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Did You Know?


The writer, director and producer and many of the production crew all worked on the earlier film The Hurt Locker (2008). See more »


As Ammar is about to be water boarded, Dan tackles him to the floor. Right before being tackled, Ammar lifts his right leg to facilitate the take-down. See more »


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Dan: I own you, Ammar.
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Boring and poorly written
3 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I didn't like Zero Dark Thirty for multiple reasons. For a film being about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, I expected it to be much more engaging. But it's poorly written and has uninteresting characters which makes it difficult to get involved with what's going on in the film.

Jessica Chastain did not impress me with her performance. She has a couple scenes where she breathes loudly and puts her hands on her face and another scene where she screams like a maniac. Well, I didn't get to know her character aside from the fact that she's obsessed about getting bin Laden. I didn't care for her. She lacks depth.

But I can't blame all the problems on just the actors. The script is to blame as well. For one, I don't think the writer knows how to correctly use the F-bomb and other variations. Multiple times it feels out of place which completely ruins a set of dialogue. There's a couple scenes where Maya introduces herself with the F-bomb in the first few sentences. Really? Everyone watch out, Maya's a badass! I normally don't have a problem with the word but in this film there's just so many situations where it's awkwardly thrown in. Aside from that, the script is also full of many other corny lines.

The pacing is poor. We get a lot of boring talk scenes with the occasional explosion/gunfire to please those with short attention spans. I also question the accuracy of this film as some of the things that happen seem a bit unrealistic. Probably the biggest problem with Zero Dark Thirty is that we know how it's going to end. I was waiting for the climax (which isn't even that thrilling) but it took forever to get there. It doesn't help when everything before threatens to put you to sleep.

The film would have been better had we a character to root for. But Maya annoyed me more than anything. Also, improvements could have been made on the awful script. So overall it's a dull film that is only moderately entertaining during the climax.

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