Film Review: Zero Dark Thirty (2012), directed by Kathryn Bigelow


Zero Dark Thirty is a 2012 American film directed and co-produced by Kathryn Bigelow with screenplay by Mark Boal and starring Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Ehle, Mark Strong, Kyle Chandler, and Édgar Ramírez. The title, as Bigelow has explained, ‘is a military term for 30 minutes after midnight, and it refers also to the darkness and secrecy that cloaked the entire decade-long mission.’

Zero Dark Thirty is a fascinating film; the portrait of an obsession to hunt and kill OBL. It would have been pretty close to perfection with a shorter duration, and it lacks pace sometimes. But still it is superbly directed by Kathryn Bigelow and with a stunning interpretation by Jessica Chastain and the rest of the cast. In my view, it doesn’t judge, it just shows the facts. It may remain in one’s memory for quite some time and it makes you think. It was released in Spanish theatres the 4th of January. Begoña and I went to see Zero Dark Thirty last Thursday, 17 January. 

My rating: 8/10.

Zero Dark Thirty at Wikipedia.

Zero Dark Thirty Official Website

One thought on “Film Review: Zero Dark Thirty (2012), directed by Kathryn Bigelow”

  1. I enjoyed this movie, too and agree with everything you wrote here. This is a concise review and you are correct, it doesn’t judge, it just showed us how they found him and how the raid went down. The most gripping part was the raid I thought. The directer’s been targeted for endorsing torture which I find to be false. Thanks for the review.

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