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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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For ten years one woman never stopped searching for the most wanted man 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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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$95,720,716 (USA) (29 March 2013)
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In the film, Leon Panetta is visibly pleased when Maya uses the word "motherfucker" during an official CIA briefing. In real life, Panetta's prolific use of profanity is well known. See more »

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When the SEALs are collecting all the evidence during the raid, they are shown quickly grabbing and bagging everything they can. One part even shows a SEAL throwing a computer in order to bust it open to take the hard drive. In a 2011 Wired interview with Garrett Graff, author of a book on the FBI in the War on Terror, it is stated that the FBI gave the SEAL team expert training on preserving as much evidence as possible, including preserving possible fingerprints on all evidence. In the real raid, the SEALs wouldn't have been handling the evidence the way it is depicted in the movie. See more »

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Dan: I own you, Ammar.
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Better than Argo
16 May 2013 | by (Washington, D.C.) – See all my reviews

I've seen all the reasons viewers (and some critics) dislike this film, but in my opinion it is infinitely superior to ARGO in its authenticity and dramatic quality. The final scenes, when the SEAL team, goes into Ben Laden's house, are brilliantly rendered. The idea of doing it mostly in the dark with flashes of illumination by "night vision" green is a brilliant touch, which most directors would never have attempted.

The performances by Jessica Chastain, of course, Jason Clark and Jennifer Ehle are top drawer and the torture scenes, while brutal, are necessary--because that's the way it happened. Congratulations to Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal for getting it right.

I don't want to put the knock on Argo, because I found it entertaining. But it's artificiality provides a distinct contrast with Zero Dark Thirity's authenticity, and authenticity wins.


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