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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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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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11 January 2013 (USA)  »

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Kill Bin Laden  »

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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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Jessica Chastain took all the photos from the suspects everyday after work and watched them on her wall, because she thought that was something Maya would do. See more »

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When the SEALs were prepping the downed helicopter to blow, it shows the control panels to the chopper completely intact. During the actual event the pilots of the helicopter were destroying everything inside for security measures, while the Seals were conducting their mission. See more »

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[first lines]
Dan: I own you, Ammar.
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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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References Shao Lin yu Wu Dang (1983) See more »

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Pyaar Hai Tumse
Written by Amir Jamal, Nasir Hussain, Nasir Ali Nasir
Performed by Amir Jamal
Courtesy of Kamlee Records Limited
By arrangement with The Orchard
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21 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I feel like people are going into this film with the wrong expectations. I'm not sure what most people went in expecting but I got pretty much what I thought maybe a little less. Not as powerful, emotionally resonant or captivating as Hurt Locker Kathryn Bigelow's controversial follow up to that film is still a throughly engaging, edge of your seat dramatic thriller. One that realistically for the most part tells the stories of the brave women and men involved in the hunt and assassination of the terrorist known as Osama Bin Laden. The film chronicles and centers on the exploits of a woman named Myra who id hired to lead the search. What follows as we all know are many the pitfalls and fake outs that happened over the years eventually leading up to the event. What we do see an an addition to that is a look on the inside of the investigation. The anxiety ridden events, the tragedies, the friendships, the assassination attempts, the vendettas and although the film doesn't fully work as a procedural because there doesn't seem to be enough detail or as a character piece because it doesn't seem to want to go to those depths it does work as a smart, adult piece of grade a entertainment. Jessica Chastain tackles her role of Myra with a fiery, school girl enthusiasm I can imagine such a person filling that role and the supporting roles fill out nicely as well. I'm sure many things were added to dramatize many of the events and you can feel the Hollywood anchor throughout but the film still carries a subtle power to it and even though you know what the culmination of the events will be you still feel like you don't know how they will enfold. And that is the stamp of some truly intricate film making. 4/5


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