We were not sure we wanted to see “Zero Dark Thirty,” until it received five Oscar nominations. Then we felt compelled…
Jessica Chastain plays Maya, a CIA operative attached to the team focusing on tracking down bin Laden. For years she works with Jessica (Jennifer Ehle), Joseph Bradley (Kyle Chandler), her boss, Dan (Jason Clarke) the torturer, and several others. Reda Kateb plays Ammar, a tortured prisoner turned informant. Year after year, the CIA pours through videos and bugged telephone calls, as well as on-the-ground surveillance by Hakim (Fares Fares) of suspected message carriers and Al Qaeda members to piece together the whereabouts of the Al Qaeda leader, bin Laden. After twelve years and several deaths of her coworkers, Maya convinces the CIA Director (James Gandolfini) that the terrorist is living in a large compound in Pakistan. Maya and the Black Ops team goes to a nearby airbase in Afganistan and don’t have long to wait for the mission to be given the go-ahead.
Director Kathryn Bigelow expertly puts together an authentic film that covers the major points of the tracking and killing of Osama bin Laden by the CIA. The tireless, tedious, mind-engrossing leads, dead ends, misinformation, lies, and strategies that kept Maya and her team going despite all odds was extraordinary. The CIA is the pitbull of our country’s government. Thank you!
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.