Zero Dark Thirty: Movie Review

Review: A whole lot of places, a gazillion names (enough to compile a dictionary of names) and a movie that looked like it was desperately putting pieces of a puzzle together. A movie that struggled to find a balance between calling itself a documentary and a feature film.

Zero Dark Thirty is a movie based on the Osama Bin Laden hunt and is based on a first hand account of what happened post the 9/11 attacks. The first half of the movie functioned like a disgruntled vehicle. Even with a slow pace the events seemed hurried. Most of the first part didn’t really make too much sense. The whole idea of bringing multiple aspects back-fired and it did seem like a jimble-jamble. The second-half, however, was far better with a built up pace and far better acting;  audiences will definitely enjoy the latter half of the movie. And then in the last 30 minutes or so, logic is defied – in leaps and bounds.

First off, for a man who deceived the entire world and planned the worst terrorist attacks in history to be portrayed as a dumbnut in this flick (nowhere in the movie is he shown) is something to ponder upon. Secondly, Bin Laden in the movie seemed more like he was a 7-year old conquering his first Lego Death Star.

The two hours leading to that last scene (that we are all eagerly awaiting) is about CIA agent Maya (Jessica Chastain) and her obsession with catching Osama Bin Laden. Considering Zero Dark Thirty is an Oscar nominated movie, it is expected that it lives up to expectations. Frankly speaking, it does not. If this were a fictitious movie rather than a movie based on real events, it would have probably done better.

The acting wasn’t all that commendable and each of them played their part decently enough. A few parts of the movie were really well tailor-made. But the rest was just blah!

Verdict: Harry Potter was more believable than this one.

Movie Details
Release Date: Feb 15, 2013
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Run time: 2 hrs 35 mins
Writer: Mark Boal
Language: English
Cast & Crew: Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Ehle, Joel Edgerton , Harold Perrineau and Chris Pratt

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