Zero Dark Thirty Blazing Minds Film Review

Zero Dark Thirty

So to be honest, after seeing the trailers for Zero Dark Thirty and knowing what the content was for the film, I wasn’t really sure on whether this film would be for me.

But as this is my job of reviewing films, I had to pop in to the cinema to review the film based around the hunt for Osama Bin Laden by a CIA team. Starting the movie with 9/11 and making its way through to the moment of the attack on the Bin Laden compound.

Zero Dark Thirty – Blazing Minds Film Review

OK let’s get on to the review of Zero Dark Thirty, starting the film with a shocking way of doing the moment of the planes hitting the towers on 9/11, without visuals and just using calls made to loved ones and emergency calls. The film let’s you know that you are in for a film that may play on your emotions.

I do have to say that Zero Dark Thirty does have its shock moments with some of the terrorist attacks during the period between 9/11 and the last moments of the capture of Bin Laden.

As an example I knew that the moment was coming with the bus explosion in London but it still made me jump at the moment the bus blew up, the same went for the attack on the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad I knew it was going g to happen, but it still shocked me.

There has also be a lot of deliberation over the torture sequences during the first quarter of the film, these are very intense and although very shocking, it is part of the storyline of the movie and can be a little heavy going for those who can be shocked very easily.

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Kathryn Bigelow has done a superb job directing Zero Dark Thirty, it’s a good suspense/thriller/drama that holds you attention for the 2h 37m running time. Keeping you gripped to such a subject for such a long period is by no means an easy feat.

Jason Clarke is great as Dan with his rather disgruntled look in the early part of the film as the interrogator, likewise Jessica Chastain is great at Maya who is brought in to help find Bin Laden.

With Zero Dark Thirty nominated for five Oscars, including best film and best actress, it looks like the film could be another Hurt Locker when it comes to the Oscars and come away with a good collection of awards.

With a shocking and explosive climax with US Navy Seals storm the compound in Abbottabad in Pakistan on the 2nd May 2011 and kill Bin Laden, the film certainly seems to have a documentary feel to it with drama thrown to keep your attention during the 10 years that the film spans.

Overall Thoughts For Zero Dark Thirty

Zero Dark Thirty isn’t going to be for everyone, with its subject it will touch on a few nerves, it does shock and at the same time its production values and directing does keep you gripped through the events. An interesting and fascinating film that is certainly going to be an award winner.

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Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds, an avid blogger and bona fide journalist. She is also a Cinema Film Reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn, where she reviews the latest movies, she has also had several articles published in various publications. She has recently become an Award Winning Blogger and is listed in the UKs Top 10 Film Blogs.
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  • lee howard

    Interesting review, I must pick up on your point about the shocking moments in the film, some movies do set out to shock, and in most cases it never works for me, but if a movie is portraying a true story then it gives them licence to recreate.

    • Thank you Lee, I think with the story being based on true events it’s the torture scenes that have cause the most controversy for Zero Dark Thirty, but without the shocking scenes, then people wouldn’t get the overall power of the movie 😉

  • Hi Karen
    I like this movie. I think it gave a good idea of how the whole mission was planned. I was a bit surprised that they waited that long before they made their move and send in their men to kill OBL 😮
    It is always great that I can check your blog to find out what movies to watch 🙂

    • Thanks Thomas, I like that the cinema reviews are now getting used by people for the DVD releases as well, which only goes to show that they are still useful once they have been posted 😉