Zero Dark Thirty

Review: Zero Dark Thirty

08 Feb 13

Zero Dark Thirty - Bleak account of the greatest manhunt in history

Given the inevitable ending of this story, Zero Dark Thirty manages to effectively be engaging, emphasising the political clout of both the CIA and Al Qaeda rather than the results we all know. Following her Oscar winning The Hurt Locker, Kathryn Bigelow delivers a modern thriller in her usual no flash approach - just raw and gritty, allowing the greatest manhunt in history to unfold.

Teaming again with The Hurt Locker scribe Mark Boal, Bigelow and Boal provide a refreshing take on the political thriller, bombarding the viewer with disturbing torture sequences without being incessant and frank confrontations between CIA superiors and its targeters. CIA targeter Maya (Jessica Chastain) delivers a performance which captures the agony and eagerness in tracking Osama Bin Laden - her life consumed to track down the world's most wanted man.

From the get-go, Zero Dark Thirty is terribly intense. As expected with movies based on true events, dramatic liscense needs to be taken into account but special mention has to go to the film's final half hour, which may well be one of the most exhilarating sequences of the year