Movie Review: Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

Director Katheryn Bigelow follows up her stellar The Hurt Locker with Zero Dark Thirty, an account of the hunt for Osama Bin Laden.

In the film, we follow CIA agent Maya (Jessica Chastain) and her evolution with her mission in the Middle East. She starts off as a raw rookie and learning the ropes of interrogating detainees. (The interrogation scenes are quit brutal and distributing that you might consider toughening up before watching the film). As the movie ends, we see Maya as a battle-scarred intelligence veteran after seven years of a cat-and-mouse game with Bin Laden.

Given that the history in which the movie is based is still fresh in most people's minds (Bin Laden was subdued in May 2011), the film does tie Maya's story with the mission forcefully and the impact of the film is felt in the final siege and not on the little machinations that happened before that.

So sorry to fans of Zero Dark Thirty-- it's a very good film but a lot of its critical acclaim may be goodwill from The Hurt Locker and it's pretty much over-rated.

Rating: 3.5/5