Movies, Drama

Zero Dark 30

No Comments 6 April 2013

Zero Dark 30

It took the US government 10 years to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. The film spends a long 2 hours and 37 minutes to chronicle the long hunt. The first hour is so slow that you feel as frustrated as the people who were hunting Osama for years without meaningful progress.

I am not sure if the director intended this. She clearly intended to show a lot of torture and it is left somewhat ambiguous if the torture led to better intelligence. The film creates an ambience very reminiscent of the TV show Homeland, without coming close to creating the sustained suspense and drama. Even the lead actresses except for the red hair look very similar. The last hour, when they finally find the compound where they suspect Osama to be hiding is good. Watching the raid of the compound itself made for good cinema. If the film only had spared us the first 60 minutes.

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