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Zero Dark Thirty

Described as "the story of history's greatest manhunt for the world's most dangerous man,"  Zero Dark Thirty is a spy thriller directed and co-produced by Oscar Winning Director Kathryn Bigelow, dramatising the American efforts to kill Osama bin Laden.. The film stars Jessica Chastain who just won the Best Actress in a Drama Golden Globe for her efforts. The film is also nominated for five Academy Awards at the 85th Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actress (Jessica Chastain) and Best Original Screenplay.

Zero Dark Thirty has attracted controversy for it's apparent pro-torture stance, and for allegedly obtaining improper access to classified materials. It certainly holds a light up to the West's moral compass, and has done what great film does - create conversations! The Hurt Locker's Bigelow is cementing her position as a seriously skilful action director; building gripping scenes, particularly the ultimate sequence with the Navy Seals. However, the film takes about 2 hours to get to this point, which is just a little much...

Rising star Jessica Chastain is brilliant as ever playing the young CIA operative Maya, who obssessively lives and breathes her job. The whole cast feel authentic in their roles, and overall the film is good. But, with editing, if they had left a fair chunk of the film on the cutting room floor, it could have been great!

Zero Dark Thirty
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UK Release Date: 
Friday, January 25, 2013
USA Release Date: 
Thursday, January 17, 2013