Zero Dark Thrity
Many stories and movies have been done throughout the history of film that are derived from actual people and events. Many of these movies are bio-pics. (movies based on the life of someone famous) One that most recently comes to mind that I’ve seen was “Lincoln” which portrayed the life and presidency of Abraham Lincoln during the closing months of the Civil War and his trying to pass The Emancipation Proclamation. Other recent and excellent examples are “A Beautiful Mind” which was the life of Mathematician John Nash (Russell Crowe got himself an Oscar nomination for Best Actor) and “Ali” which portrayed the life and career of Muhammad Ali. (which also resulted in and Oscar nomination for Will Smith)
Never have I seen or heard of a film (maybe not based on) but surrounding the consequences of the actions of an international terrorist. The monster responsible for 9-11, Osama bin Laden. “Zero Dark Thirty” is the story of the woman that ended up finding him. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, once again she takes a story about war (the other one being “The Hurt Locker”) and doesn’t glorify it, doesn’t sugarcoat it, and breaks it down to simple and raw emotion of characters and story. The film opens with actual sound bites of air-traffic controllers and 9-11 operators on that historic September 11 morning. Then jumps forward a few years to CIA headquarters in the Middle East where a young agent simply known as “Maya” arrives. Over the next few years that pass it tells the story of her work and how she determined the location of bin Laden (referred to in the movie as “UBL”) and the countless leads she followed, lost, ignored, and lost again. Even if you haven’t seen this movie, it’s safe to assume you know how it ends so here’s what you have to know:
Kathryn Bigelow is a genius when it comes to war movies. She is up for an Academy Award again for Best Director and Best Picture again. We’ll know in the next 4 weeks if she wins; I would be surprised if she didn’t win at least one of those two awards. The cast did a great job but Jessica Chastain did an amazing job portraying a character that she really couldn’t do any research for (if that makes any sense.)
There are a few torture scenes in the beginning but really aren’t too bad when you consider what else people show on film these days. It’s an important film that gives a very accurate history lesson as well as a harsh reminder of what America and the world has been through in the last 10-plus years. My point is I think as many people as possible should see this movie. It will probably go down as one of the greatest and most tragically accurate accounts/reenactments of American History.