Zero Dark Thirty – dir. Kathryn Bigelow – 7.5 – The basic tenants of Zero Dark Thirty are difficult for me to parse under the light of the 2014 Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture. The story of the film is strongly based around evidence received during torture interrogations even though the report suggests that no actionable evidence has come from torture when I have no doubt that if they received their intelligence relating the bin Laden’s location via torture that would have been the star of the report. Of course, information on that operation would likely be classified top secret so I could easily be wrong.
With that said I think that Zero Dark Thirty is an incredible film. While torture plays a big part the film has more in common with a political thriller than it does horror torture-porn films like Saw. The most important theme if the film is the feminist strength of Jessica Chastain. The range in her performance is the lynch-pin that holds the film together. Although surrounded by men oozing with testosterone she grabs all of her scenes by the balls and twists. Even (or especially) during the emotionally dramatic break-downs the captured moments only prove her strength.
The scene that constantly comes to mind is the back and forth between Chastain and Kyle Chandler.
I very highly recommend Zero Dark Thirty; it is a very tense and suspenseful action/drama.
My long Thanksgiving break was spent watching the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films again. After which I decided to read the books through as it has been quite some time since I have done so. When I am done with the reading I will write up some thoughts on them both.