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Monday, January 21, 2013

Zero Dark Thirty by Kathryn Bigelow, 2012 (R)

with Jessica Chastain (The Debt, The Help, The Tree of Life, Take Shelter), Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton (Warrior), Jennifer Ehle (The King's Speech, Michael Clayton), Mark Strong (Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy, Robin Hood), Kyle Chandler (Argo), Édgar Ramírez, James Gandolfini, Chris Pratt (The Five-Year Engagement), Reda Kateb, Scott Adkins, Taylor Kinney, Mark Duplass (Your Sister's Sister, The Five-Year Engagement), Frank Grillo (The Grey, Warrior), Christopher Stanley (Mad Men, Argo)
From the Director of "The Hurt Locker"

This pulse-pounding thriller dramatizes the night of May 2, 2011, when the Navy's SEAL Team 6 set out to capture or kill Osama bin Laden. The world knows of their triumph; now the chronicle of every perilous second is about to unfold.

Golden Globe for Best performance by an actress in a motion picture - Drama : Jessica Chastain
Oscar Nominated for Best Picture, Actress in a Leading Role, Film Editing, Sound Editing (WON) and Original Screenplay

Intense movie, not only because it starts in a rough note with torture, but also because of the tight ten year timeline to depict, a large amount of relevant people that got involved in the hunt as well as the amount of people interrogated, and finally the complexity of the facts and strategy. It is an interesting movie because it is not as much about the achievement of killing Ben Laden but about the journey, the struggle, the knowledge accumulated, the patience of knowing when to do the right thing, the risk evaluation. As a personal opinion on the operation, I guess because of the large amount of information on that same site allowing to dismantle the network, it didn't feel as vain to kill Ben Laden, but it was definitely lucky. The movie has an interesting ending in that regard, which I found intelligent. Jessica Chastain's role is one of a woman who is determined, intelligent and still very human, sensitive, this is an unusual portrayal of a secret service agent. In a way, Claire Danes in Homeland is a far more extreme character. It is a challenging movie because it makes you think, it doesn't simplify the story to a manhunt. Perhaps the only thing I would say against the movie is that the editing make you feel that everything went very fast, while the characters insist on how long everything takes, which is a contradiction. Still, some movie!

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