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Zero Dark Thirty – Review

Review of: Zero Dark Thirty

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On April 4, 2013
Last modified:June 13, 2013

Summary:

The final sequence of Zero Dark Thirty is a tense and immaculately executed work of military drama

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(© Annapurna Pictures / Columbia Pictures)

While it is questionable whether the torture depicted in Zero Dark Thirty leads to any progress in the real search for Osama bin Laden, the fact is this dramatization would have gone nowhere without it. The aforementioned manhunt lasted 8 years, and the film feels almost that long.

Despite its various bombing sequences, which although spectacularly staged typically occur too suddenly to establish tension, going to some place to talk to some guy who might know some place where some other guy is doesn’t entirely make for compelling drama. It’s in the hunt’s latter years – when there is actual intelligence – where the film bursts forth into action.

The final sequence of Zero Dark Thirty, in particular, while clearly predictable, is a tense and immaculately executed work of military drama without any chest-thumping or triumphalism, just a sigh and reflection on the long, dirty, dubious road taken to reach this end.

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Jess Kroll
Jess Kroll has spent years traveling the world, writing books, performing poetry, teaching, playing D&D, and occasionally discussing movies for Pop Mythology. His novels include 'Land of Smiles' from Monsoon Books and young adult series 'The One' and 'Werewolf Council' from Epic Press. He can put his foot behind his head.