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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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Wahab Sheikh ...
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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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11 January 2013 (USA)  »

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Kill Bin Laden  »

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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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Originally conceived as a project about the battle of Tora Bora, Mark Boal completely re-wrote the script after Bin Laden was shot and killed. It took him 5 months and he was not paid for the re-write. See more »

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When Faraj is being arrested by the men wearing black Burqas, two of them are shown walking on a small bridge as they approach him. In the following wide shot, there's only one on the bridge. See more »

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[first lines]
Dan: I own you, Ammar.
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All of the credits, except for the studio logo, appear at the end of the film, including the title. See more »


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Written by Charles Maggio, Keith Huckins, Andrew Gormley, Nick Forte III and Chris Laucella
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Those Puffy Sounding Body Shots
25 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hollywood has the ability to create incredible effects and adapt its talents to whatever has gone on. Like Argo, we are left wondering just how accurate these efforts can be. The film begins with torture and sheer brutality. A prisoner has things done to him that make us sit back and cringe. Are the people doing this supposed to be heroic in some way? Are there results really effective. After about fifteen minutes of this, we get to see the dogged, monomaniacal Maya, played by Jessica Chastain, use her anger and frustration with the slow acting military to get her way. I'm fully aware of the atrocities that had been committed and the role of Osama bin Laden, but was it worth any more than a publicity stunt to put the kind of effort into getting this guy. There is some very good intrigue and I am willing to bet that the movie is pretty accurate in its portrayal. My worry is that this kind of movie glamorizes the "anything goes" mentality that has filtered into the minds of people. We have always prided ourselves on being better than this. In the movie, when things go bad, it's because of inadequate security and indecisive authority. This, of course, ultimately leads to the Bin Laden compound in Pakistan and the raid that took the guy out. Once launched, we are treated to a feast of violence. Those second and third shots into an already dead body have a puffy little sound. These men will be seen as heroes, but they also will be seen as people have been trained to kill first and ask questions later. This mission was successful, but did it require a total disregard for the rights of humanity. Bin Laden was the target, but the bodies piled up all over the place and little children were terrorized.


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