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For a decade, an elite team of intelligence and military operatives, working in secret across the globe, devoted themselves to a single goal: to find and eliminate Osama Bin Laden.
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Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Megan Ellison, Stephanie Antosca
Mark Boal
William Goldenberg, Dylan Tichenor, Paul NJ Ottosson
Universal Pictures
Action & Adventure, Drama
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151 minutes
English Audio Description Dolby Digital 2.0, English Dolby Digital 5.1, German Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Danish, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, German, Icelandic, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
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157 minutes
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French DTS 5.1, German DTS 5.1, Italian DTS 5.1, Spanish DTS 5.1
Danish, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
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Reviews (5) of Zero Dark Thirty

Over-long, Disjointed but Watchable 'Politically Correct' Movie - Zero Dark Thirty review by PV

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This film is not bad - it is watchable if very VERY long. More like 2 or 3 episodes of a TV drama stuck together though than one cohesive story. Maybe that's because it ranges over 12 years and several countries? Maybe the story would be better served by TV though if that is the case?

This is also one of those films that shows history which is not history, but rather wish fulfilment of Hollywood producers and writers. According to this script, a lone woman - who is of course utterly courageous, compassionate, and superior to all men present (who are against her initially) - is responsible for the talking out of Osama Bin Laden. Yeah right. Sadly, a lot of people will believe this hogwash as fact - and Bigelow really does not need to stoop to such feminist propaganda levels either.

But it's a competent if unexciting movie - and is perhaps best in its initial scenes (which unusually for a US movie show the US forces in a bad light) and its final scenes (which are exciting to watch). Some well-drawn characters (oddly, the men are much better drawn as characters than the heroin women), interesting scenes, and a sense of menace in Pakistan and Afghanistan which is certainly true to life.

So average then - 3 stars.

Subtitles are recommended too even if you aren't hard of hearing, just to understand what everyone is saying over the noise!

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Turgid - Zero Dark Thirty review by SM

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The subject matter is ostensibly interesting but the film itself is boring and hugely overrated.

The main character is completely one-dimensional - after nearly 3 hours I knew nothing about her except that she worked for the CIA.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

An excellent thriller, brimming with suspense, even though we know how it ended... - Zero Dark Thirty review by Philip in Paradiso

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The film dramatizes the nearly decade-long international manhunt for Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden after the September ‘11 attacks. This search, led by a stubborn and sharp female CIA officer (Jessica Chastain), leads to the discovery of bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan and the military raid that resulted in his death on 2 May 2011.

The film is long (2 1/2 hrs), but it should be pointed out that only the last 30 mins show the actual raid on the compound -- and in a highly realistic way. The first 2 hrs focus entirely on the search for bin Laden, showing how the CIA managed to track him down, also using torture in the process -- the early part of the movie, in this respect, is not pretty.

It is quite fascinating to see how the Americans succeeded in pinpointing the exact location of his residence, in Pakistan: this was no mean feat, considering the circumstances.

I thoroughly recommend this film, and the acting is good and convincing throughout. For the full facts: go to --

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Zero Dark Thirty review by Alyse Garner - Cinema Paradiso

An intense but captivating movie Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty tells the story of how a CIA investigation lead to the location of the most wanted man in the world, Osama Bin Laden.

Starring Jessica Chastain (The Help) as Maya, a novice CIA agent recruited straight out of high school who believes that the key to locating Osama Bin Laden lies in locating one of his most high ranking officers, one of several brothers working for Al Qaeda. Doubted by many of her superiors most of Maya’s initial leads go nowhere and it appears that the man she is looking for may have been dead for many years; however as the film progresses the hunt for Bin Laden continues and, covering an entire decade, the film details the lengths to which the American forces go to in order to apprehend this mass murderer.

With detailed and first person experiences of incidents many of us witnessed on the news Zero Dark Thirty is both moving and mesmerising. The character development slow and intricate each event plays out as though entirely new and seen for the first time.

With some violent and genuinely unpleasant scenes Zero Dark Thirty is not an easy film to watch, Maya’s determined attitude sometimes causes her to seem rather unlikeable, whilst the interrogation tactic’s used by the American’s in the first half of the film certainly leave them appearing as a particularly unlovable bunch.

This once supposed “necessary evil” is stopped with a firm hand upon the inauguration of President Obama, yet Maya’s motivation does not waver. Interestingly there is not heart breaking back-story that explains Maya’s behaviour, Bigelow chooses to stick solely with the facts and events that directly affect the investigation; giving an edge to the patriotism shown by Maya that goes beyond the regular duties of state.

By the end both Maya and the audience are exhausted (which is unsurprising considering the film’s two and a half hour length); the tense and gripping ride ending in a tight but disorienting raid that realizes all of Maya’s hard work. Feeling put through the wringer Maya collapses on a plane, finally returning to America, whilst the audience sits back – finally able to let go of the edge of their seats and release their long held breath – revelling in the successful execution of a military operation so fascinating and powerful it seemed more real than watching the events unfold on the aforementioned news.

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