Many people were anxiously awaiting seeing the hunt and death of Osama Bin Laden portrayed on the big screen. There was a lot of speculation about the movie and whether it would be politically biased or not. It went through a series of delays, as people were concerned about it effecting the elections in November. After seeing the movie, I wonder if that was just a marketing ploy, as I feel this movie failed to live up to the hype.
Zero Dark Thirty chronicles the ten year long manhunt for public enemy number 1, Osama Bin Laden. The spy thriller focuses on a young, just recruited CIA agent. The audience is shown the evolution of this young agent as a naive female newcomer to a hardened, sharp minded operative.
I’m sure some people will object to some of the scenes that showed enhanced interrogation techniques, but guess what folks? War is hell. And in all honestly, the scenes that were shown were very tame. I was struck by the amount of psychological techniques the interrogator used and how effective that they were.
There is no point to me really giving a synopsis of this film, as we all know the recent history and the outcome. They only thing I can really add to it is…..this movie was actually pretty boring. Granted, I know that often times intelligence is gathered in a slow methodological manner. However, that didn’t translate well to film. The raid was well done, but in keeping true to real life, it was very militant and all business. Not that that is a complaint, as Katherine Bigelow stayed to true to the official version of events.
One final word about this film. I usually don’t bring politics into my reviews, but I have heard a lot of people on both sides of the isle complain about the supposed politics in the movie. Rest assured, there was not really any to be found in the movie. The only scene that stuck out to me was after the raid was done, and one of the Navy SEALS was going through the house. The camera would stop on the scene of the crying children, as if to say “see how awful war is.” We get it, Ms. Bigelow.
Those that like slow paced spy thrillers will probably enjoy this film a lot more than I did. The problem with doing a spy flick based on a true event is that the audience is not able to be surprised. I think a lot of people will watch this movie to see the actual raid re-enacted. I think those people will be disappointed that they have to wait for two hours to watch a twenty minute raid. Unless you happen to be a huge military buff (or spy buff, rather) I would recommend just waiting to rent this one.