Zero Dark Thirty

DVD - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Zero Dark Thirty
Chronicles the decade-long search for Osama bin Laden following the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of Navy SEAL Team 6.


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Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt

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Mar 28, 2015
  • MICHAEL TAGGART MALONEY rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Mar 27, 2015
  • StarGladiator rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

OK - - now let's take a closer, and honest, look at the character Maya was based upon, Alfreda Bikowsky (married name: Silverstein):

The NBC News investigative reporter Matthew Cole has pieced together a remarkable story revealing that a single senior officer, who is still in a position of high authority over counterterrorism at the C.I.A.— Alfreda Bikowsky —appears to have been a source of years ' worth of terrible judgment, with tragic consequences for the United States. Her story runs through the entire report. She dropped the ball when the C.I.A. was given information that might very well have prevented the 9/11 attacks; she gleefully participated in torture sessions afterward; she misinterpreted intelligence in such a way that it sent the C.I.A. on an absurd chase for Al Qaeda sleeper cells in Montana. And then she falsely told congressional overseers that the torture worked..... she has been promoted to the rank of a general in the military, most recently working as the head of the C.I.A.'s global-jihad unit. In that perch, she oversees the targeting of terror suspects around the world. (She was also, in part, the model for the lead character in "Zero Dark Thirty.")

Bikowsky was also responsible for at least one (probably more) innocents being captured and tortured!

Her husband, David Silverstein, belongs to ultra-rightwing version 2 of PNAC, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. (Which financed a book attacking 9/11 truthers?)

So had Bikowsky done her job, 9/11 might never have occurred? And what is the purpose of torture? To extract false confessions!

Feb 25, 2015
  • IClare rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Wow! Now that's what I call a movie!!! Kept me on the edge of my seat even though I know how it ends in real life! Our CIA and military (in particular Navy Seals for this mission) are f***ing awesome!!! I have such admiration and respect for these men and women who dedicate and sacrifice their lives to protect America. To know that there were people who devoted years of their life looking for anything that could lead to UBL's whereabouts leaves me in awe. Following the decade long research and analysis that led to UBL's discovery was fascinating and thrilling to me. Jessica Chastain and Jason Clarke were great. Love Maya's line, "I'm the m*f* that found the house, sir." Maya's got smarts and balls! I'm really impressed with Kathryn Bigelow. From the Hurt Locker to Zero Dark Thirty, both movies have such raw, gritty, and what appears to be (even though I know it's not) authentic footage. Check out the special features. It explains the lengths she and the producers went to, to make sure the replica of the compound and the Navy Seal mission was as authentic as possible.

Jan 25, 2015
  • LauraSteinert rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Blagh. Why bother?

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.

Oct 30, 2014
  • LibraryUser53 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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.

Oct 17, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Oct 16, 2014
  • pol rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Sep 02, 2014
  • L4dybug5113 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

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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Feb 19, 2014
  • Vreeah_Nuw rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Other: The prisoner's "full moon" is shown after his bottoms were pulled and he was made to walk like a dog on a leash. There's no frontal nudity, but the ever so slightness of what could be his "junk" is shown from the side, very, very brief movement of the camera though.

Feb 19, 2014
  • Vreeah_Nuw rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Violence: What's expected in wars where anything goes. The type of torture depicted here was more of a psychological and humiliating nature, with the goal to make the prisoner dependent upon his captor for bare necessities.

Aug 16, 2013
  • liya6 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Really intense, and just horrible.

Aug 16, 2013
  • liya6 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: Really brutal scenes, blood, abusive…

Aug 16, 2013
  • liya6 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Lots of bad language…


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Oct 17, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A large collection of quotes in IMDb:

Maya: [to Navy SEALs] Quite frankly, I didn't even want to use you guys, with your dip and velcro and all your gear bullshit. I wanted to drop a bomb. But people didn't believe in this lead enough to drop a bomb. So they're using you guys as canaries. And, in theory, if bin Laden isn't there, you can sneak away and no one will be the wiser. But bin Laden is there. And you're going to kill him for me.

Aug 24, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Navy SEAL (speaking in code of Osama bin Laden's death over the two-way radio): "This is red zero two... Geronimo... for God and country... Geronimo..." (pan to Maya, devastated)

Jul 20, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

“Marines don't die; we just go to hell and regroup." -( Anonymous)

Jul 20, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

“One person can make a difference and every person should try.” –John F Kennedy

Jul 20, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

“National honor is the national property of the highest value.” -James Madison


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Feb 19, 2014
  • Vreeah_Nuw rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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Nov 19, 2013
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Aug 16, 2013
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