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Zero Dark Thirty  

Cast

Maya: Jessica Chastain
Dan: Jason Clarke
Joseph Bradley: Kyle Chandler
Jessica: Jennifer Ehle
CIA Director: James Gandolfini
Review December 2012

So, how do you follow an Oscar winning Best Picture, like The Hurt Locker? If you're director Kathryn Bigelow, you amp it up to eleven with Zero Dark Thirty, one of the year's most powerful films about the hunt for Bin Laden. The film depicts the 10 year journey following the events of 9/11 all the way up to the raid on Bin Laden's compound. At the center of the story is a CIA agent named Maya whose unwavering determination and resourcefulness not only leads to retribution, but proves that women can get the job done in a male dominated environment. This is personal for Bigelow, the first woman to ever to receive an Oscar for Best Directing. It's not political. There aren't a lot of unnecessary back stories. It's just great storytelling. With an intricate script by Mark Boal and a gutsy performance by Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty is every bit as efficient and focused as Maya's investigation. Even though we know the final outcome, we are still locked in to the final frame. Powerfully provocative, Zero Dark Thirty is Kathryn Bigelow's finest hour.



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