Zero Dark Thirty – Movie Review

Kathryn Bigelow has done it again. In Zero Dark Thirty she manages to do again what most impressed me about The Hurt Locker–she tells the story of the “boots on the ground” people objectively, and without judgment. She has done the same thing in Zero Dark Thirty.

Zero Dark Thirty deals with the CIA intelligence work that led to the death of Osama bin Laden. Much of the work was done by Maya, a young, obsessed agent who believes that the key to finding din Laden is tracking down his courier. Maya is played by Jessica Chastain, who is able to show the character’s growing determination with humanity and depth.

The movie does a good job of showing the time it takes to gather important intelligence, and the toll it takes on those gathering it. It also shows the part played by those who act on the intel–everyone from cabinet members to the Seals who have to put their lives on the line.

Zero Dark Thirty is an engaging, interesting, and well-made movie. It is definitely worth watching, if only for the depiction of an important moment in history.