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The Buzz:

     Zero Dark Thirty is a historical drama that follows a CIA operative, Maya, as she attempts to hunt down Osama Bin Laden post 9/11. Based on true events, this film tries to accurately depict the efforts of our government and military in finally bringing justice after almost a decade. 

 

 

WHAT ARE YOU DOING?! GO INSIDE! DON'T YOU KNOW YOU'RE A GINGER?!

 


Life of the Party:

     This film was directed by Kathryn Bigelow who is also known for the movie The Hurt Locker; a film apparently about my basement sex dungeon. I also assume she has heard more "Male Jiggalo" jokes than anyone else in the world. She  used to be married to famous director James Cameron. He's the guy that we loved in the 80s for bringing us things like The Terminator and Aliens, and then later on would shit on all of us with films like Titanic and Avatar. It's funny to consider she can make films NOW as good as the films he made THEN. I'm pretty sure their pillow talk was her asking how he has grown as a filmmaker... and then NEVER DOING THOSE THINGS! In all seriousness this movie is very well acted and directed. It's honest storytelling without trying to get political on you, so you don't have to worry about this film trying to push some agenda or view point on you. What you get is great drama with a badass military op as a cherry at the end. We'll likely not know for a long time how accurate this movie is to the real events, but considering many Congressmen thought Bigelow was given access to classified documentation in order to make the movie, I'm willing to bet we're getting a good idea of exactly what went down.

 

Potential Hangovers:

     While this movie is exceptionally well made, it does suffer in it's pacing at times. I think the pacing is intentional. I think you're MEANT to feel like it's taking forever to find Bin Laden, because... well, it kind of did. That being said, even if it's intentional you are still frustrated by how slow it's going at times and if you don't consciously realize it's empathy with the main character you may just decide to stop watching or look back on the film with a negative air. When we finally get to the actual raid on the compound housing Bin Laden it's a little jarring, as well. The tone and presentation, the speed, everything about the movie changes. Again, I think it's done purposely, but it doesn't change the strange sensation while in the audience. Throughout the picture you're also subjected to occassionally disturbing scenes. You're going to see torture, you're going to see innocent people be killed, and this isn't always by the BAD guys. Another issue is that this movie is uniquely American. It expects you to be aware of the events of 9/11. If you are not American it is quite possible you will be unaware of some of the events or references or perhaps not going to have the same emotional response the film is trying to evoke.

 


I wonder if he shined those horse shoes first...

 

The Vibe:

     I don't get overly patriotic in public, usually, but this movie really hit home for me. I work as a military contractor. My father is ex-Navy. I was born, raised, and still live in Norfolk, VA. I have many enlisted friends. Hell, I have even MET members of SEAL Team 6. Beyond that, like many others, I had friends and loved ones lost or injured in the events of 9/11. This movie attempts to be as honest as possible and without wrenching on your heart strings it still manages to pluck at them. I believe that Bigelow made this picture with the intention of creating a warm hug to those affected by the acts of Al Qaeda. By the end of it you feel the same relief and sadness that Maya does, a sensation of closure and that healing can finally begin. While this is not a movie to get drunk and laugh at with your friends, I do think this is a great movie to drink to. How, you  might ask? Well, I can think of no better modern movie to throw back a few beers to in honor and respect for those who serve us, or perhaps to pour one out for those we've lost.

 

Plus/Minus:

+Well acted and directed

+Honest and without political leaning

+/- Very American!

-Pacing is slow at times, or jarring at end.

 

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