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

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$95,720,716 (USA) (29 March 2013)
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The filmmakers wish to especially acknowledge the sacrifice of those men, women, and families who were most impacted by the events depicted in this film: the victims and the families of the 9/11 attacks; as well as the attacks in the United Kingdom; the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan; in Khobar, Saudi Arabia; and at the Camp Chapman Forward Operating Base in Afghanistan. We also wish to acknowledge and honor the many extraordinary military and intelligence professionals and first responders who have made the ultimate sacrifice. See more »

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Unbearable. Slow. Waste of Time.
17 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As soon as news got out that they're making a film based around the hunt for the person of interest for 911, I took interest in this film to learn more about the underlying events. What a disappointment.

The movie was extremely slow and uninteresting. Don't get me wrong - I didn't come into this expecting full blown action film but at least an interesting plot.

First, I couldn't understand what the characters are saying the majority of the times because they mumble and use specialty words on top of unfamiliar foreign names which subtitles would've been greatly helpful. Second, there was a lack of character development that we simply cannot relate or even sympathize with. Honestly, I find the main focused character, Maya, to be highly unlikable and annoying. Yes she has determination and this is what she's worked on her entire life; but she lacks emotions and when she does show emotions, she borderlines psychopathic b*tch.

Many people commented on the torture scenes but that didn't bother me - what bothered me was how this film WAS torture.

The entire direction and story line of the movie was so dull that I was baffled at the 95 it had scored on Metacritic. And on top of that, Oscar nomination? Really?

I wish they would have just made an actual documentary based around real people who were involved in it instead. At least THAT would have been more interesting coming from real people. The movie attempted at a film based around real events and people but fails miserably that I would have rather just stick with a documentary with real facts and get it over with in 90 minutes instead of miserably sitting through it for 2 and a half hours. And that's 2 and a half hours of my life that I will never get back.

*2 stars in dedication to the real people surrounding these events and the hard work. I give 0 for the movie.


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