"The greatest manhunt in history". Is there a better way to describe the CIA's mission to find Osama Bin Laden? The man behind the September 11th attacks, who lead the al-Qaeda terrorist organization. The film was planned, even before the May 2011 capture of Bin Laden. The real life events proved to be far more spectacular than anything Hollywood could have dreamed up. Taking on the challenge of directing this masterpiece? The first woman ever to win an Academy Award for directing, Katheryn Bigelow. Zero Dark Thirty is the film. Let's go!
What I liked about the film:
Moving at a very swift pace; every important detail leading the CIA to Bin Laden is covered. It is easy to follow and shows the good and the bad involved in solving a case like this. The credit really must go to Mark Boal. Boal was Bigelows partner on this project from the beginning. How fitting they were both nominated for Academy Awards for this film, earlier this week (Boal for Original Screenplay/ Boal and Bigelow for Best Picture). Boal won the academy award two years ago for writing The Hurt Locker. Bigelow took home the gold for Directing and Best Picture.
The supporting cast is great. Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler and Mark Strong give superb performances in their supporting roles. While the three actors were all great, this is Chastain's show. She is the driving force behind the film's narrative.
It was only a year and a half ago Bin Laden was killed. These events are still fresh in the minds of many many people. The movie reminded me a lot of United 93. Zero Dark Thirty does what United 93 did, it shows how important the collection of information can be. The settings are real, the situations are real, and THAT, makes this film even more relevant.
What I didn't like about the film:
Alexandre Desplat is a FIVE TIME Oscar Nominee. He is terrific at what he does. But I was very disappointed with the score in this film. I can't remember any of it immediately leaving the cinema. I know sometimes this is purposefully done, but I don't think that was the case with this film. The irony? Desplat is nominated for an Academy Award this year for another film dealing with a Mid-East conflict... Argo. Like I said, he is normally an amazing composer, just not here in my opinon.
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