“Zero Dark Thirty” is Epic

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I recently saw the 2012 released movie, “Zero Dark Thirty” and it was the best movie I have seen this year. This epic movie captures the terrorist factor of day to day life in Pakistan, and CIA agents fighting the battle against terror. However, one task stands above all else; the locating and capture of Osama Bin Laden.

This true story left my jaw dropped, and kept me nervous and shocked throughout. Without the actors or special effects, the camera speaks for itself. To capture such a huge moment in US history with elegance is nearly impossible, but Kathryn Bigelow did just that. I never realized how complicated the mission to capture “Geronimo” really was, because no news station takes you through the mission…from the very beginning. There is no telling what lies around every corner.

Jessica Chastain plays the lead role of “Maya”, a CIA agent living in a US embassy in Pakistan. Maya has been stationed here as an agent, and takes her job seriously. No agent, commander, or terrorist stands in the way of her true goal. Chastain’s acting is brilliant. She captures the emotional struggle, anger, and pain of her life in Pakistan. It is nearly impossible to relate to what she goes through, which adds to the shock factor of this movie. You can’t possibly understand the search for Osama until you actually “experience” the series of events. The directing and acting was brilliant to say nothing of the special effects. The explosions, night vision, and drama feels as though you are living it.

The only other aspect to discuss is the downsides. Honestly, there were almost none. Yes, there is violence, but that is to be expected when filming this story. The R rating is perfect, as it may be too disturbing to kids under the age of thirteen. The language may also be too much for that age group.  Overall, I give “Zero Dark Thirty” four and a half stars. You need to see this movie to truly understand this moment in American history.

Here is the link for the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAtWcvCxPhc

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