Bottom Line: With its limited release back in December, this quickly became a definitive Top Ten of 2012 entry for me (#7 to be specific; see the rest here)… Many praise-heavy, know-it-all, we’re-smarter-than-you, knee-jerk critics fell all over themselves after initial screenings – and for once my peers were right to do so... Director Kathryn Bigelow’s account of the hunt for Osama bin Laden is an intense and fairly remarkable, geopolitical thriller that never falters, never preaches and never takes sides. ZD30 feels almost documentary-like in nature which, as of late, has stirred the controversy pot in terms of where exactly the filmmakers got all their seemingly correct info – but that only adds fuel to the already brightly burning fire at the belly of this exceptionally gripping flick. Aside from the nail-biting finale – where SEAL Team 6 works its magic on cracking the inner sanctum of the evil one’s safe house – the rest of the movie plays out with a procedural prowess and a whole lot of these-are-the-facts directives that may feel a bit a somber to some at times – and although it’s a movie that may not warrant many return viewings – it remains imperative that you at least see it once!
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt and Mark Strong
Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow (THE HURT LOCKER)
Running time: 157 minutes
Story: For a decade, an elite team of intelligence and military operatives, working in secret across the globe, devoted themselves to a single goal: to find and eliminate Osama bin Laden. Zero Dark Thirty reunites the Oscar winning team of director-producer Kathryn Bigelow and writer-producer Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) for the story of history's greatest manhunt for the world's most dangerous man. -- (C) Columbia Pictures