One thing I never understood about those speaking out about Zero Dark Thirty‘s “pro-torture” stance is why they don’t pick on the ending of the movie rather than the beginning. It’s not ok to torture but entering another country without their knowledge in the dead of night and raiding a house killing every unarmed man in it, all the while unsure if this is even the right person’s house – that’s fine? It’s nice to know where we draw the line.
I’m not going into detail on my thoughts as to what every little moment and turn means philosophically. What I will say is this is a far deeper movie than cynics are giving it credit for. Maya is a perfect example of an America blindsided by an attack, going on the offensive and left trying to figure out the next move. She is the focal point of the picture, stay with her, pay attention to the changing tactics and what fuels her determination.
Kathryn Bigelow has created a brilliant film full of strong actors and enough underlying thematic twists and turns for any hard thinker to ponder for months. Unfortunately the story gets stale, which the two and a half hour running time does nothing to help. Cut this down to an hour and a half to an hour and forty-five minutes and it would be one hell of a flick.
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Stars: Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Jennifer Ehle, Kyle Chandler