|Reviewed on 2013-01-11|
|Received|| out of 4 stars|
|Genre||Action / Crime / Drama|
| If you have any doubts that “Zero Dark Thirty” may not be one of the best films of the year think again. Starring Jessica Chastain as Maya, a CIA operative who is recruited right out of school and put smack dab in the middle of the Al Qaeda operation. She is introduced immediately to the immense force used when interrogating detainees. Dan (Jason Clarke) is not sure how the petite female will handle the recourse taken, but she proves to be void of remorse for the members of Al Qaeda involved in the attacks on the World Trade Center.
Countless hours without sleep and reviewing detainee interrogation footage she is piecing together who the right hand men are of the ultimate terrorist Osama Bin Laden. Insisting on resources she focuses in on a courier of Bin Laden known only as Abu Ahmed. Maya is convinced that Abu has a direct link to Osama and will do whatever it takes to prove that. Meanwhile there are several terrorist attacks happening that are jeopardizing her work. Her boss Joseph Bradley (Kyle Chandler) orders her to focus on terrorist acts that have not happened yet and to quit chasing the ghost she hopes to find.
Determination would be an understatement for what Maya has. She wants justice for the friends she has lost and knows that capturing or killing the leader of Al Qaeda to be the only method to slow the attacks. Once she receives the additional intelligence she needs she comes to the conclusion that Bin Laden is residing in Pakistan with his courier Abu Ahmed and she is ready to pounce. However taking these theories and getting approval to enter the compound without visual or audio proof that Bin Laden is there is not an easy feat.
Finally Maya with her 100% certainty that Bin Laden is there gets them the approval they have been waiting for. All the hard work has finally paid off as the U.S. Navy SEAL team enters Pakistan undetected and raid the compound. Once they find Osama Bin Laden and are forced to kill him, and Maya confirms it is indeed the number 1 most wanted in the operation she is overcome with emotion. After the many years of blood shed and her blood, sweat and tears of hard work has paid off.
“Zero Dark Thirty” is film making at it’s best. One of the best films of the year. Based on the true events you will find yourself invested in what happens minute by minute. Kathryn Bigelow has done it again in directing this masterpiece. Jessica Chastain was brilliant as Maya, and so easy to relate to as an ordinary female in an extraordinary circumstance. You don’t know the entire story until you see “Zero Dark Thirty” and you defiantly have not seen one of the best films in years until you see this one!