Zero Dark Thirty

Zero Dark Thirty

DVD - 2013
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Chronicles the decade-long search for Osama bin Laden following the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of Navy SEAL Team 6.

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firefly5
Sep 06, 2017

Basically the story of a driven CIA agent determined to exterminate bin Laden. Her character was very cold and showed little humanity. I am not a fan of war films and the torture scenes and the children crying when the compound is invaded bother me. Children are the innocent victims of war waged by adults. I thought the last scene in this movie was completely phoney.

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misterwisp
Jul 07, 2017

I dunno. It's ok. It's a very understated movie.

I was glad it was not an in your face action thriller that's all about how awesome the USA supposedly is. It's fairly low key and feels realistic, though as many have said the events being depicted do not necessarily correspond to reality.

Purely looking at entertainment value it was hard to connect with the main character. She is a very closed off character whose only characteristic seemed to be a drive to do her job. There was little to no humanity on display. The movie is largely a series of grim scenes depicting her doing her job, but it just wasn't very compelling.

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Daveinportland
Oct 07, 2016

I really wish I could rate this higher, but the torture scenes come off as propaganda. Especially since it has been shown that torture of those captured did not play a part in any of the leads that eventually led to Bin Ladin. I thought that was barely concealed propaganda BS. Outside of that, most of the rest of the movies as far as various attacks and developments was fairly accurate (but with quite a stretch of artistic license). The raid on the house was mostly accurate in the actions, but not the speed.

If you watch the movie for entertainment, cool. As a documentary? NO!

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WendyLC
May 15, 2016

I thought this was an engaging and exciting film, but thought I'd mention, I lived next door to and became friends with an Army interrogator of captured terrorists (also a woman), and she said the inaccuracies in this drove her bonkers. So I guess it's not realistic, but for people like me who don't know nothin' about nothin' it's a good thriller

Marinetti Jul 14, 2015

Christ, I feel like I'm in the Soviet Union watching a communist propaganda film when I viewed this piece of garbage. I'm not a mindless automaton who takes in CIA propaganda without a thought in my head- neither should you.

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Twiggzette
May 30, 2015

I found this film to be quite dark and depressing. Also, the violence and torture are overly graphic and disturbing. I do not recommend this film for any child under the age of 18. Also, recent intelligence revelations put the "official" US and Pakistani govt stories into very serious question. This movie could well based upon just be a pack of lies and disinformation to save face for both the USA and Pakistani secret services and their senior political and military officials. Note that I do not intend to besmirch the valor and integrity of the brave men and women who planned and executed this mission. My beef is with the people running Pakistan and the USA, as well as our intelligence and military services. I am truly sick of being lied to as though I am a mouth breathing idiot.

Always appreciate you keeping it real, StarGladiator. I think ZERO DARK THIRTY is actually a subtly effective indictment of the U.S. national security state. At least that is how I interpreted it. Take the final scene of the movie. Maya (Jessica Chastain) is the sole passenger on an enormous spotless military transport plane. The camera pulls tight on her face, and she cries. The United States is a hollowed-out power animated by elites. That's the message. Everyone in ZERO DARK THIRTY is an elite, from the Navy SEAL studs with their beards and keffiyeh to the CIA analysts in their futuristic "Predator Bay." Maya herself is the ultimate elite -- smart, beautiful, focused on her career, feared by the bureaucracy. The only time we really see regular people is when the crying bin Laden children and women appear during the final raid.

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LauraSteinert
Jan 25, 2015

Blagh. Why bother?

misterjones Nov 18, 2014

Based on recent interviews with an author and someone who was present when Bin Laden was shot (and may very well have fired the fatal shots), this film's account of the raid on the Bin Laden compound is entirely accurate. I was originally skeptical - Hollywood often corrupts the truth in favor of action and drama - but now I want to see it again with a more open mind.

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LibraryUser53
Oct 30, 2014

So so. The impression I got is the plot as shown is part reality, part fiction, and part fairy tale. It's hard to know for sure, but the sequence of events, the behavior of the characters, the plot is difficult to believe. The producers splice-in historical events to try to counteract the improbable nature of their story. This movie reminds me of that Tom Hanks film, where he runs across America, with him CGI'ed into newsreal scenes. It's "Forest Gump"-ish I guess. Excepting the lead actress who does a good job, the acting ranges from mediocre at best to high-school-drama-class-ish. Not good in other words. If you give the producers the benefit of the doubt, that they had a difficult job to compress what was actually a chaotic sequence of events involving thousands of people into a linear plot line with just a few characters, the subject matter is interesting. Still, given the problems, not recommended.

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Vreeah_Nuw Feb 19, 2014

Other: The prisoner's "full moon" is shown after his bottoms were pulled and he was made to walk like a dog on a leash. There's no frontal nudity, but the ever so slightness of what could be his "junk" is shown from the side, very, very brief movement of the camera though.

Vreeah_Nuw Feb 19, 2014

Violence: What's expected in wars where anything goes. The type of torture depicted here was more of a psychological and humiliating nature, with the goal to make the prisoner dependent upon his captor for bare necessities.

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liya6
Aug 16, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Really intense, and just horrible.

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liya6
Aug 16, 2013

Violence: Really brutal scenes, blood, abusive…

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liya6
Aug 16, 2013

Coarse Language: Lots of bad language…

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jimg2000
Oct 17, 2014

A large collection of quotes in IMDb:

Maya: [to Navy SEALs] Quite frankly, I didn't even want to use you guys, with your dip and velcro and all your gear bullshit. I wanted to drop a bomb. But people didn't believe in this lead enough to drop a bomb. So they're using you guys as canaries. And, in theory, if bin Laden isn't there, you can sneak away and no one will be the wiser. But bin Laden is there. And you're going to kill him for me.

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Monolith
Aug 24, 2013

Navy SEAL (speaking in code of Osama bin Laden's death over the two-way radio): "This is red zero two... Geronimo... for God and country... Geronimo..." (pan to Maya, devastated)

aaa5756 Jul 20, 2013

“Marines don't die; we just go to hell and regroup." -( Anonymous)

aaa5756 Jul 20, 2013

“One person can make a difference and every person should try.” –John F Kennedy

aaa5756 Jul 20, 2013

“National honor is the national property of the highest value.” -James Madison

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Nov 19, 2013

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Aug 16, 2013

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