Zero Dark Thirty [2012] ★★

PrintFinally Hollywood has produced a movie that dramatizes the hunt for Osama Bin Laden. Lol as if you didn’t see that coming. In a nutshell, “Zero Dark Thirty” is the most overrated movie of 2012. Overrated because it’s been nominated for a best picture Oscar and everyone is talking about director Kathryn Bigelow’s wonderful achievement. Well sorry folks but I don’t buy it. While the movie succeeds as a love letter to everyone involved in the hunt for the world’s most wanted man, the film itself, from a cinematic standpoint, is a disjointed mishmash of gripping behind-the-scenes details paired with lousy combat sequences, awkward performances and a boring finale. There’s absolutely no doubt that Jessica Chastain rises above the material as the CIA agent who, after years of interrogations and investigations, pinpoints the terrorist leader’s hideout. But the film feels like an elongated episode of “24” or “Law and Order” with Chastain’s character trying to convince others she’s right, surviving random attacks and looking like a true American hero. Well suck on it Hollywood. Worse, not enough time was given to the Seal Team 6 members aka the real heroes who participated in bringing down bin Laden. We only get to see them in the final climactic operation and believe me when I say it isn’t as exciting as it sounds, even though it’s staged and shot with great attention to detail. The execution of this final raid (we all know the outcome by now) is less absorbing than everything that leads up to it. Plus it comes more than two hours into the picture, which runs two hours and forty minutes! Overall, “Zero Dark Thirty” isn’t boring, but that’s a small compliment for an Oscar nominated movie.

Rating: 2/4

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  1. Okay, the movie didn’t live up to the hype, but you can’t say the movie had ‘awkward perfomances’. Jessica Chastain was flawless. Jason Clarke was wonderful, the performances is what saved the movie, if anything.
    And what did you expect from the ending ?

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