Jessica Chastain’s ZERO DARK THIRTY

ZERO DARK THIRTY – Tagged as the greatest manhunt for years, capturing Osama Bin Laden is more than a quest for the world’s most dangerous man – it is the humanity’s battle for peace, freedom and life. From the award-winning tandem of Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal (creators of The Hurt Locker) comes this dramatic feat detailing the hunt for Bin Laden. This ground-breaking motion picture stars Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain alongside a stellar and brilliant ensemble including Chris Pratt, Jason Clarke and Joel Edgerton.

(Source: Fandango) Oscar nominee Chastain portrays the role of Maya, the intelligence expert who dedicated a decade of her life to tracking down the world’s most wanted terrorist. In the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the CIA began interrogating suspected Al Qaeda agents across the globe in a bid to locate the elusive bin Laden. Upon arriving at a CIA black site and witnessing the brutal interrogation tactics firsthand, driven operative Maya aids her unpredictable colleague Dan (Clarke) in gathering the intelligence that will help bring their target to justice. Over the course of the next decade, numerous false leads and dead ends make the search seem more futile than ever. Meanwhile, numerous suicide bombings across the Middle East and Europe hint that Al Qaeda won’t go down without a fight. Then, just when it seems as if the trail of clues has finally dried up, an old piece of evidence leads Maya to a suspect who may work directly for the man charged with planning the worst act of terrorism ever committed on American soil.

It is controversial and Kathryn Bigelow is known for that. It is brave and Kathryn Bigelow is known for that too. It is ambitious and Kathryn Bigelow is one as well. This genius movie is all about Bigelow and her undying desire to present the public the true drama behind these political/social/military crises we are facing. She is courageous and thank God for directors like her who are bold and brave enough to step into this grey but vital genre. One of the strongest points of the film is Chastain’s brilliant performance. It is, without a doubt, the best dramatic performance by an actress this season and she certainly proved herself as the toughest Oscar contender for 2013. We see Maya in this film and not Chastain – we saw the truth and she managed to give us the real thing. Effortless acting empowered by outstanding screenplay as well.

The latter part of the movie is definitely the most exciting and breathtaking moment but the whole film is spectacular in general. It transports us to their journey which is very enticing. The rest of the technical elements were spot on as usual.

It would have been the best movie of the Oscars this year if not for Argo’s growing popularity. Zero Dark Thirty is in-depth, meaningful, engaging and a powerhouse drama you shouldn’t miss!

9/10

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