Saturday, April 13, 2013

Zero Dark Thirty 2012

     After the attacks by Al Qaeda on 9/11, the CIA began the interrogation of suspected agents across the globe.  Maya spends a decade of her life tracking down Osama bin Laden.  Many false leads and dead ends cause numerous delays and suicide bombings continue across the Middle East and Europe.  It seems the trail has gone cold after the reported death of a close contact with bin Laden.  A file is discovered that shows vital new information.  Maya keeps pursuing the leads and demands teams be sent in to track phone calls believed to have been made by a bin Laden messenger.
     I really liked this movie!!  It’s taunt, tense and seems incredibly accurate in it’s year-by-year detailing of the search for a terror mastermind.  Computers were used to track bin Laden and he was using computers to attack us at the same time.  A lot of mistakes over the years but none were made in the final mission of elimination.  The only drawback is that someone else stepped up to take bin Laden’s place.  4 ½* (I really liked this movie)

155 min, Drama directed by Kathryn Bigelow with Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Ehle, Harold Perrineau, Jeremy Strong, Reda Kateb. 

Note:  Blockbuster 3 ½*, imdb 7.5 out of 10, 93% critic 81% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.
Special Note:  This film has won 19 awards but only one Oscar for Sound Editing, a tie with Skyfall.  Democrats Dianne Feinstein and Carl Levin along with Republican John McCain applied pressure due to complaints over the showing of water boarding.  OK, this method of information extraction was used, approved and we know about it but we are not supposed to see this happen?  Would this be a head in the sand approach?

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