Zero Dark Thirty
To consider what director
Not to take anything away from that rousing true(-ish) story of hostages freed and rights wronged and, in every sense,
In "Zero Dark Thirty," the key American film of 2012, now going into wider release, Bigelow and screenwriter
The raid on bin Laden's compound, much of it filmed through an approximation of night-vision goggles, necessarily sidelines the film's main character,
The prologue begins in darkness, and then fades into panicked voices. In a brilliant sound collage of telephone conversations back and forth from those trapped in the
We know little of Maya's past, just as we knew little of the bomb detonation expert played by
Bigelow casts all sorts of solid and familiar actors in all sorts of roles, including
The naturalistic style of the picture owes a lot to the Olivier Assayas terrorist film "Carlos," and the actor who played the title character in that picture,
Events depicted in the film, notably the waterboarding, have been debated from every side, both for their factual accuracy (not that anyone's complaining about the hogwash content in "Argo") and their political implications. I assure you: Although "Zero Dark Thirty" ends with the sight of a (metaphorical) bloodstained flag behind its elusive protagonist, its stance is extremely tricky. It's not a documentary. It's not a load of revenge nonsense. It's not "24." I'm still arguing with myself over parts of it.
And that's a sign that a movie will endure.
"Zero Dark Thirty" Movie Trailer
MPAA rating: R (for strong violence including brutal disturbing images, and for language).
Running time: 2:37.
Credits: Directed by
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