The first thing that come to mind, when i heard a movie was going to be made about the hunt for Osama bin Laden....another patriotic war movie why America is the greatest country in the world. But hold on, Kathryn Bigelow is the director, so maybe this is not what i expected ? If you never heard of Kathryn Bigelow, you might remember classic movies like Strange Days, or perhaps a more modern movie like The Hurt Locker. I really enjoyed The Hurt Locker for many reasons, but i was not sure about seeing Bigelow making another movie about a war theme, especially on this subject. But maybe Zero Dark Thirty is way better than i could ever imagine, or is this a typical war movie ?
Maya ( Jessica Chastain ) have since the year 2003, spent her entire brief career focused solely on gathering intelligence related to Osama bin Laden. Maya is resigned to the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan, to work with a fellow officer, Dan ( Jason Clarke ). Maya helps Dan to get information from Ammar ( Reda Kateb ), a detainee with suspected links to several Saudi Terrorists. After using torture methods, during interrogations, Amar finally reveals some useful information. A man named Abu Ahmed is working as a personal courier for bin Laden. But Maya finds out some other information, that another man named Abu Faraj. CIA bring Abu Faraj in for interrogation, as Maya tries to find out more about bin Ladens location. But things become complicated, when she finds out Abu Ahmed might be dead, information coming from a Jordanian. She refuse to belive this, and continue her investigation. Then suddenly, a fellow analyst researching Moroccan, tells her Abu Ahmed´s real name may be Ibrahim Sayeed. Maya pick up this information and contact Dan, she is sure they are on the right track. But are they, or is someone not telling the truth ?
First of all, this is not a typical war movie. This is more of a serious drama motion picture, even if there is a lot of violence at times. And this is where Zero Dark Thirty works so well, the mix of drama and war story, with a very serious tone, fits perfect together. If this is the true story, i do not know, and i have a feeling we will never know, unless you were actually there. But as a motion picture, this is a really good production, and the acting is superb from most of the actors. Especially Jessica Chastain, i am really looking forward to see her in the new horror movie Mama, she is without a doubt one of the best new actors of this generation. And to see swedish actor/ director Fares Fares as a CIA Special Activities Division Officer is great, he is actually getting better at acting. One thing that makes director Kathryn Bigelow such a great director is her feeling of telling stories. She knows how to capture the feeling of true cinema magic, you just don´t want to leave your seat. The intensive action scenes is another proof how good Bigelow is at capturing a feeling of brutal honesty. Every war never solve anything, no one really wins in the end. Zero Dark Thirty is coming out on dvd and blu ray soon, so i really suggest you should rent or buy this one, either way, just make sure you see this one. If you thought you knew everything about Osama bin Laden, i think you need to take a look here to get a bigger perspective.