Movie Review – Zero Dark Thirty

I went to see Zero Dark Thirty yesterday. The movie focuses on a young CIA analyst (Jessica Chastain) and her relentless effort to find Osama bin Hidin. (Spoiler Alert: Osama is killed at the end of the movie)

The movie has been controversial since it’s inception because many on the right feared that because its original planned release was to be just before the election that it would be a puff piece intended to let Barack Obama “spike the football” regarding the death of Osama. Those fears turned out to be unwarranted because the movie wasn’t released until December and there is barely any mention of Obama in it.

The current controversy is over the positive portrayal of torture. The early part of the movie depicts suspected terrorists being beaten and waterboarded for information which is used as a starting point for tracking him to his hiding place in Abbottabad, Pakistan. There is also a controversy over whether the Obama administration gave unauthorized access to classified information to the movie’s producers.

The movie is a docu-drama that is loosely based on real life events. As a documentary it sucks. As a drama it’s pretty good if you like that genre. Not a great movie, just a pretty good one.

That’s my verdict. YMMV


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90 Responses to Movie Review – Zero Dark Thirty

  1. myiq2xu (D) says:

    I also watched 1 1/2 really good NFL playoff games yesterday.

  2. DeniseVB says:

    Was this Pakistani doctor mentioned in the film ?

    He was sentenced to over 30 years in prison for helping find OBL and we’ve done nothing to help him.

  3. driguana says:

    Gee…first Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson escape to Santa Fe and now Kathryn Bigelow….the gooshy progs love it…may be time to escape “from” Santa Fe. Even though I had a large hand in the recent creation of Santa Fe Studios, a major film production facility south of the City, and grew up in a movie family, I don’t much go to movies any more. Especially dislike debates over whether the book is better than the movie or if the movie is “factual”. Movies are not reality, they are movies…stories…made up. Love the line….”based on a true story”. Come to think of it, books aren’t even books anymore, they’re “kindle” machines. Don’t suspect I’ll be seeing Zero Dark Thirty but thanks for the review.

  4. HELENK says:

    another woman leaving the white house. what are the over/under odds on an old white guy replacing her??

    • insanelysane says:

      Helen, don’t you know that it not what this Administration actually does that’s important…it what it SAYS . That is all that matters.

      If Obama says he will use a laser like focus to ….( fill in the blank), then damnit, we should support him no matter what actually happens.
      And we need to not criticize him cause it hurts HIS cause.

      Get with the program, Helen.

    • Constance says:

      Not to worry they will probably replace her with a gay white man and I think I saw one man with brown skin in the Obama boyz club photo. In progressive minds gay men and men of color are legitimately counted as female diversity so we should be content, the “feminists” will be.

    • Besides, Helen, the “old white guy” will maintain high enough levels of estrogen so as to be perfectly acceptable to progs so it’s nothing to be concerned over.

  5. foxyladi14 says:

    Charlie say’s it is embarrassing. 😯

  6. HELENK says:

    WOW when andrea mitchell says the women working in the white house are not happy, you do have a problem

  7. HELENK says:

    backtrack to try to get immigration bill passed the same way he got obamacare passed. one big bill with not time to read it

    guess we will find so many little tidbits in it after it is passed, just like obamacare

    • DeniseVB says:

      Obama always seems to have a project to divide us further and paint the stupid GOP House into a corner.

    • One provision that won’t come to light until 2016 is the hidden provision of three backtrack presidential libraries. Well they need to please the faithful in Honolulu, Chicago and Cambridge, don’t they?.

  8. DeniseVB says:

    I think this was the gal who filed all those lawsuits against Sarah Palin when she Governor ?

  9. myiq2xu (D) says:

  10. myiq2xu (D) says:

    Damn. I just found out that Showtime is having a free weekend.

  11. DandyTiger says:

  12. DandyTiger says:

    Also, and funny… as in what stupid suckers:

  13. foxyladi14 says:

    Obama: has no moral center

    Well golly gee we knew that already. 😆

  14. myiq2xu (D) says:

    Looks like the early game finally got interesting.

  15. DandyTiger says:

    Didn’t that idiot, supposed statistics prodigy NYT guy, predict Seahawks all the way? Oops.

  16. myiq2xu (D) says:

    Holy cow!

    I’m surprised they caught him.

  17. DeniseVB says:

    Awwwwwww …..

  18. DandyTiger says:

    Touchdown Texans. 18 points in 11 minutes is pretty tough.

  19. DeniseVB says:

    Game Change and Julianne Moore just won Golden Globes. Palin jokes running amuck. They just can’t quit her 😦

  20. Somebody says:

    Interesting, not sure if this is true about dirty Harry but if it was I wouldn’t be shocked at all. I wonder if this man throwing the accusations is going to have a tragic accident?

  21. DeniseVB says:

    Les Miz – Jackman- Hathaway = winnahs!

    Argo – Affleck/Clooney = winnahs (upset over Django/tarantino, Lincoln/spielberg, Oh dark thirty/bigelow ? )

    Points for Affleck thanking the troops. 😀

    • leslie says:

      I think it’s a real eff you to the “Academy” for their snub of Affleck as an actor and director. I’m glad he won. I thought his thank you’s were classy.

      Daniel Day Lewis was magnificent in “Lincoln” and earned this award. Sally Field was simply wonderful, too.

  22. Me! says:

    It’s difficult to keep up with politics because I am still not over the election. Then I read on twitchy where some people are experiencing buyers remorse with Obama after looking at their paychecks. Some tweets said they wish they had voted Romney. I can’t read that kind of thing with out becoming very annoyed.

    It’s so hard to avoid Obama and his ilk because popular culture is in love with him for some reason. I’ve been reading Cracked and what is supposed to be a funny article turned into a piece that contributed to the elevation of Sandra Fluke. They whitewashed her whole existence by calling her an “expert attorney.”

    Game Change winning all those awards was all about Hollywood political activism. They recognize the platform they have and they use if often. Really infuriating.

    You guys have lots of lurkers!

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