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Zero Dark Thirty

Written by Joy Dembo on . Posted in 2013

Zero Dark Thirty is a Definite Must-See

Director, Kathryn Bigelow,  has done it again with Zero Dark Thirty.  It is a must-see film, based on the true events leading up to the capture and elimination of the world’s most wanted fugitive, Osama Bin Ladin.

The story begins with Maya, a young CIA agent (Played by Jessica Chastain), being assigned to the US Embassy in Pakistan to work with fellow CIA agent, Dan (Played by Jason Clarke), on the continuing quest to track down US Enemy No 1, the leader of al-Qaeda, Osama Bin Ladin.

She accompanies Dan to a US Black Site, where they interrogate and torture a detainee named Ammar, who is suspected of having links to well-known Saudi Terrorists, in the hope that through him, they can gain information regarding the whereabouts of these people.

Using information that they cleverly trick and bribe Ammar into leaking to them, Maja spends years tracking down a man named Abu Ahmed, who she believes is an important and highly ranked member of al-Quada and a direct link to Bin Ladin. Sifting through reams and reams of data,  her hunch eventually pays off.  However, during this time, she narrowly escapes death, loses a close colleague, endures chastisement from her superiors on numerous occasions,  and eats, drinks and sleeps this assignment, to the point that it takes over her very being.

We all know the final outcome, but this movie details the events of how Osama’s demise was achieved, and gives us an insight into US tactics and one woman’s unceasing perseverance.

Jessica Chastain’s performance is worthy of the Golden Globe Award she has already won, and the Oscar nomination she has received. The film is a contender for best picture at the 85th Annual Academy Awards being held on 24 February in LA.

The movie is long but it is so captivating, you hardly notice the time going by.

Bigelow has explained the film’s title as “ a military term for 30 minutes after midnight, and it also refers to the darkness and secrecy that cloaked the entire decade-long mission” Under her able direction, this film is set to follow in the footsteps of Oscar Winner, “The Hurt Locker”.

The film has been released countrywide and is definitely worth viewing.  I cant see how you could be disappointed by this epic!

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