ZERO DARK THIRTY (2012 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.9|5.0 Stars ìììì

Zero Dark Thirty—GREAT movie. Period. Nothing more needs to be said. It’s the rare movie when actors seem to have forgotten they were acting and actually became the characters. Very realistic performances highlight this film from beginning to end. This movie becomes a defining film for action/intelligence/thriller stories. Fantastic directing by Kathryn Bigelow.

Storyline

The story behind the story that leads to the assassination of Osama bin Laden begins with the words, “The following motion picture is based on firsthand accounts of actual events.” The voice recordings from September 11, 2001 follow. Then the movie screen states, ‘Two years later’. Viewers hear a metal door opening, see an overhead light turning on, view ‘The Saudi Group’ appearing on the screen, and witness interrogation of a Saudi man named Ammar (Reda Kateb) who stands accused of having information on the terror groups that planned September 11, 2001 World Trade Center attacks.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Kathryn Bigelow for directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producers Ted Schipper, Greg Shapiro, and Colin Wilson for making the film possible. Music is well laid out by Alexandre Desplat. Thank you to Mark Boal for an excellent script.Additional characters/cast include: Maya (Jessica Chastain), Dan (Jason Clarke), Joseph Bradley (Kyle Chandler), Jessica (Jennifer Ehle), and George (Mark Strong).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. Absolutely. It’s an outstanding film. One of the best of its genre.

Ben Meyers

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