Zero Dark Thirty arrives in theaters today and last night I had the opportunity to attend a pre-screening in Calgary, Alberta. This film already has people talking without hitting theaters yet . “Zero Dark Thirty” covers the ten year period between the 9/11 attacks and the killing of Osama Bin Laden. The story follows CIA operative Maya (Jessica Chastain) as she single-mindedly hunts for Bin Laden and those responsible for the attacks.
Personally I can’t say how “Accurate” this movie is as I wasn't there during the interrogations or situation room meetings however when the film first starts with the caption “based on first-hand accounts of actual events.” So I will leave that up to you to judge for yourselves.
“The Torture Scenes” which occupy about 15 minutes of the first half-hour of a 157-minute film have some people up in arms but if they happened then they need to be shown.
Like any movie based on actual events this movie had it’s “Bruce Willis” line moments such as the lead character Maya’s “I’m going to smoke everyone involved in this op – and then I’m going to kill bin Laden.”
Overall I enjoyed this movie and found it very interesting however there will be those that say it’s a “Public Relations PSA” from the CIA however there was easily about 30 minutes that could have been cut from this movie but that’s my opinion.
If you enjoyed “The Hurt Locker” you will enjoy this movie but if you’re also going to this expecting two hours of action you will be disappointed. If you can put up with the “Artistic Licenses” and “Team America” type one liners you won’t be disappointed either.