Zero Dark Thirty: Movie Review by a Mississauga Chiropractor

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Just watched Zero Dark Thirty (2012) starring, Jessica Chastain (The Help), Joel Edgerton (Warrior) & Chris Pratt (Parks & Recreation).

 Zero Dark Thirty is a chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May 2011.  In this movie, Maya (Jessica Chastain) is a CIA operative whose first experience is in the interrogation of prisoners following the Al Qaeda attacks against the U.S. on the 11th September 2001. She is a reluctant participant in extreme duress applied to the detainees, but believes that the truth may only be obtained through such tactics. For several years, she is single-minded in her pursuit of leads to uncover the whereabouts of Al Qaeda’s leader, Osama Bin Laden. Finally, in 2011, it appears that her work will pay off, and a U.S. Navy SEAL team is sent to kill or capture Bin Laden. But only Maya is confident Bin Laden is where she says he is.

What I liked:  Jessica Chastain’s work in this film is amazing.  We see her transformation from a young, naïve CIA agent to a driven, ruthless agent ten years later, obsessed with completing her 9-11 case.  I also liked how the movie segmented the film into chapters, titled with significant event-dates that happened following the 9-11 crash in New   York.  I also liked how real the interrogation scenes seemed.  You really saw how the prisoners of war were brutally treated.  The scenes kind of reminded me of this year’s Oscar winning Argo.

What I didn’t like:  I wasn’t too thrilled at how heartless the Navy S.E.A.L Team was portrayed.  Even though they were trying to capture Osama bin Laden, they seemed to be slaughtering his family, even shooting them multiple times after they were lying dead.  At least they didn’t show them killing the children, but they did blow up the house afterwards.

Overall, I would give this movie 8/10 stars.  Definitely check it out!  Happy Viewing


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