Zero Dark Thirty

Zero Dark Thirty

DVD - 2013
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1Savvyvenus
Oct 27, 2019

To:loonylovesgood, several of his adult sons are Terrorists as well. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. For those on here criticizing Trump for the so called torture methods the prior administration didn’t want to use, I’d rather see a thousand dead terrorists than ONE innocent life of our great men and women in uniform. Under Trump, our special forces just took out the number one reigning terrorist. The coward ran into a tunnel taking three of his children with him and blew himself up. Thank God we have a President that loves our country, people, militarily and our police.

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anonymouswe
Jun 07, 2019

Great cast, great performances, great script, will edited and paced. This is a fantastic film.

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reginator_22
Mar 31, 2019

Really good film. Gripping and intense. The cast is great in this one.

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voisjoe1_0
Aug 03, 2018

A great film that somewhat follows the book "Manhunt" written by Peter Bergen. It includes a suggestion that torturing a prisoner led to the finding of Osama bin Laden (a theory believed by some in the CIA). This theory is criticized by the FBI and special agent Ali Soufan who utilized good interrogation techniques to get terrorists to reveal their secrets. The theory of waterboarding, freezing, other methods of torture used to get terrorist suspects to talk is favored by Trump who wants to use torture and maybe even kill the family members of suspected terrorist.

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trcookIIImddmd
Feb 07, 2018

Great movie: she found the mother fucker, then the queer kenyan nigger mus took credit.

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firefly5
Sep 06, 2017

Basically the story of a driven CIA agent determined to exterminate bin Laden. Her character was very cold and showed little humanity. I am not a fan of war films and the torture scenes and the children crying when the compound is invaded bother me. Children are the innocent victims of war waged by adults. I thought the last scene in this movie was completely phoney.

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Daveinportland
Oct 07, 2016

I really wish I could rate this higher, but the torture scenes come off as propaganda. Especially since it has been shown that torture of those captured did not play a part in any of the leads that eventually led to Bin Ladin. I thought that was barely concealed propaganda BS. Outside of that, most of the rest of the movies as far as various attacks and developments was fairly accurate (but with quite a stretch of artistic license). The raid on the house was mostly accurate in the actions, but not the speed.

If you watch the movie for entertainment, cool. As a documentary? NO!

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WendyLC
May 15, 2016

I thought this was an engaging and exciting film, but thought I'd mention, I lived next door to and became friends with an Army interrogator of captured terrorists (also a woman), and she said the inaccuracies in this drove her bonkers. So I guess it's not realistic, but for people like me who don't know nothin' about nothin' it's a good thriller

Marinetti Jul 14, 2015

Christ, I feel like I'm in the Soviet Union watching a communist propaganda film when I viewed this piece of garbage. I'm not a mindless automaton who takes in CIA propaganda without a thought in my head- neither should you.

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Twiggzette
May 30, 2015

I found this film to be quite dark and depressing. Also, the violence and torture are overly graphic and disturbing. I do not recommend this film for any child under the age of 18. Also, recent intelligence revelations put the "official" US and Pakistani govt stories into very serious question. This movie could well based upon just be a pack of lies and disinformation to save face for both the USA and Pakistani secret services and their senior political and military officials. Note that I do not intend to besmirch the valor and integrity of the brave men and women who planned and executed this mission. My beef is with the people running Pakistan and the USA, as well as our intelligence and military services. I am truly sick of being lied to as though I am a mouth breathing idiot.

Always appreciate you keeping it real, StarGladiator. I think ZERO DARK THIRTY is actually a subtly effective indictment of the U.S. national security state. At least that is how I interpreted it. Take the final scene of the movie. Maya (Jessica Chastain) is the sole passenger on an enormous spotless military transport plane. The camera pulls tight on her face, and she cries. The United States is a hollowed-out power animated by elites. That's the message. Everyone in ZERO DARK THIRTY is an elite, from the Navy SEAL studs with their beards and keffiyeh to the CIA analysts in their futuristic "Predator Bay." Maya herself is the ultimate elite -- smart, beautiful, focused on her career, feared by the bureaucracy. The only time we really see regular people is when the crying bin Laden children and women appear during the final raid.

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LauraSteinert
Jan 25, 2015

Blagh. Why bother?

misterjones Nov 18, 2014

Based on recent interviews with an author and someone who was present when Bin Laden was shot (and may very well have fired the fatal shots), this film's account of the raid on the Bin Laden compound is entirely accurate. I was originally skeptical - Hollywood often corrupts the truth in favor of action and drama - but now I want to see it again with a more open mind.

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LibraryUser53
Oct 30, 2014

So so. The impression I got is the plot as shown is part reality, part fiction, and part fairy tale. It's hard to know for sure, but the sequence of events, the behavior of the characters, the plot is difficult to believe. The producers splice-in historical events to try to counteract the improbable nature of their story. This movie reminds me of that Tom Hanks film, where he runs across America, with him CGI'ed into newsreal scenes. It's "Forest Gump"-ish I guess. Excepting the lead actress who does a good job, the acting ranges from mediocre at best to high-school-drama-class-ish. Not good in other words. If you give the producers the benefit of the doubt, that they had a difficult job to compress what was actually a chaotic sequence of events involving thousands of people into a linear plot line with just a few characters, the subject matter is interesting. Still, given the problems, not recommended.

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jimg2000
Oct 17, 2014

Well deserved phrase on the DVD box -- The Greatest Manhunt in History. It stands alone as a wonderful political thriller and as good as Argo that it competed with for best picture in 2013 Academy Awards.

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pl8
Oct 16, 2014

A film like "United 93" was also propaganda and absurdly unbelievable, but at the very least it was not as sick and sadistic as this film. A lot of people have criticized this film for its depiction of torture, questionable facts and obvious agenda overall. However not too many people have taken a hard, honest look at exactly how this film is sold to the audience. At what manipulations are specifically being used to coat this film and its message in sugar. Sadly many people can find great faults in this film while still complimenting the sweet tasting spoonful of exploited PCness being used to reel them in in the first place. It disheartening and disappointing to see people so easily sold. Zillah Eisenstein's review is one of the few exceptions and deserves praise.

L4dybug5113 Sep 02, 2014

This is awesome. But see the world hasn't changed their attitude toward women. They just wouldn't listen to her. I have been in that position several times. Worked many a man's job and always had to prove myself, had to be better than them.

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Hobbs1
May 19, 2014

Zero Dark Thirty is a movie based on a true story of the United States Government searching for Taliban leader Osama Bin Laden. The Zero Dark Thirty plot was exciting to follow the investigators get closer and closer on the hunt Osama Bin Laden. Although I did find the plot to be hard to follow at times with some plot holes that left me with unanswered questions. It was very eye opening how the United States Government used certain techniques to get information out of Taliban members. The actors were very well done. I believe the actors they selected were perfect for their roles as some scenes made me get emotionally involved with the film, although I do believe there was not as much character development as there could have been. Zero Dark Thirty had the perfect mix between action and the actual story. I never felt bored watching this movie, as it always had exciting plot twists that kept me on the edge of my seat. I really felt that the investigators were obsessed with finding Osama Bin Laden and you can see what limits they go to in order to get the information they need to find them. It made me question the United States Government integrity in the ward and the limits they are willing to go to, to end terrorism. I give Zero Dark Thirty a 7/10. I recommend this movie to anyone that is interested in war. If you have little to no interest I would advise you stay away from this one.

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Libraryman1_0
May 14, 2014

Very gripping depiction of the interrogation methods used on suspects of the Al Queda terrorist acts. A well thought out and character driven story directed by Hurt Locker's Katherine Bigelow. Zero Dark Thirty is the type of film to not only view but for discussion purposes as well. I found the pace of the movie to my liking, and I am glad I had an opportunity to see it. A experience I may repeat soon.

loonylovesgood Mar 24, 2014

A little slow in some parts, and tough to watch. But the action picked up near the end. Whatever happened to all of Osama's children and grandchildren?

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boothseattle
Mar 13, 2014

This movie is so slow and boring How it go an Academy Award I don't know. There must have been some kind of payoff. It might have been an interesting documentary

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kayliemarie
Mar 01, 2014

I didn't expect myself to enjoy this movie, however I did. I thought it was well done for what it was.

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looper46
Feb 20, 2014

people--its about the war on terrorism--no defined "enemy" we can shoot at; you have to do your work to find the bad guys...Its like a crime procedural, lots of grunt work, lots of false starts, and you usually get lucky. Plus, it starts with an administration that condones "enhanced interrogation" then another that requires you to do leg-work. Not an easy task, but shows that somebody has to wade thru the s--- to get the job done. No wonder it took 10+ years to kill the SOB.

Vreeah_Nuw Feb 19, 2014

Ok, I'll admit I paused half way through the film, but only to be sure I was fully alert to grasp the main character's thought process leading up to the final mission. Overall, I enjoyed the movie. Normally I don't seek out war films, but I thought it was a good approximation for a novice to see into what CIA missions look like, the planning that goes into nabbing a single person. I enjoyed Maya's character, she was real, not cutesy at all.

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akirakato
Feb 11, 2014

This is a 2012 American war drama based on the real events directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by Mark Boal. The film dramatizes the decade-long manhunt for al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States. The search eventually leads to the discovery of his compound in Pakistan, and the military raid on it that resulted in his death in May 2011. Although it is a gripping, intense and thrilling documentary-style drama, it doesn't get into the nitty-gritty of the matter deeply enough so much so that it disappoints me. Al-Qaeda is a global militant Islamist and takfiri organization founded by Osama bin Laden in Peshawar, Pakistan, at some point between August 1988 and late 1989. Its origin is traceable to the Soviet War in Afghanistan. After leaving college in 1979, bin Laden went to Pakistan, joined Abdullah Azzam and used money and machinery from his own construction company to help the mujahideen resistance in the Soviet war in Afghanistan. Under Operation Cyclone from 1979 to 1989, the United States provided financial aid and weapons to the mujahideen through Pakistan's ISI. Bin Laden met and built relations with Hamid Gul, who was a three-star general in the Pakistani army and head of the ISI agency. So there was a honeymoon among Bin Laden, the Pakistani army and the States. Following the Soviet Union's withdrawal from Afghanistan in February 1989, Osama bin Laden returned to Saudi Arabia in 1990 as a hero of jihad. On November 8, 1990, the FBI raided the New Jersey home of El Sayyid Nosair, an associate of al-Qaeda operative Ali Mohamed. They discovered copious evidence of terrorist plots, including plans to blow up New York City skyscrapers. How come Bin Laden went againt the States? The film hasn't touched it at all.


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