Sunday, 02 February 2014 07:53

Zero Dark Thirty - Harrowing Movie about the Casualties of the War on Terror

Written by  Churchill Guevarra
    Zero Dark Thirty - Harrowing Movie about the Casualties of the War on Terror
    ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ is a no holds barred movie about CIA’s historic manhunt of the most wanted man in recent history; dissected and stripped off unnecessary professional jargon to be more palatable for the masses. The story—unless you've been living under a rock-- is all too familiar but the character portrayal in this film was glaringly poignant and its execution was delivered with surgical precision.

    Yes there were torture scenes; lots of it. But contrary to popular belief, they weren't only shown for shock value. They were necessary and even crucial to the movie's central premise. So for those of you who castigated this film for having the audacity to show nuggets of inconvenient truth, you deserve to be waterboarded to bring some sense into your hypocritical minds. If someone ever wants to watch a harrowing yet realistically stirring picture about the cost of war on the surface and behind the scenes, I recommend this audaciously controversial film.

    Kathryn Bigelow made sure that viewers wouldn't feel as though ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ is a CIA propaganda flick devoid of human emotions. Yes, it’s a war picture but the casualties on both sides were laid out for the entire world to see. What sets ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ apart from similar movies that came before it is its atypical combination of vulnerability and grit.

    Normally, most protagonists in such movies are impassive and mechanical. But, the character of Maya (played by Jessica Chastain), the CIA agent who’s hell-bent in hunting the head of the terrorist snake is/was a breath of fresh air as it’s not one-dimensional. And Chastain, she carried the movie all throughout its emotional roller coaster ride. You could almost feel that her thankless and perilous job of hunting down Osama has consumed her adult life. You could feel her frustrations, isolation and toughness behind her frail, feminine frame.

    The mark of a great actor is to get lost in the character and Chastain, took the whole movie theater (at least from where I was) by the collar and made every scene, every dialogue as compelling and nail-biting as the previous one. The pace was impeccable and the build-up scenes leading up to the climactic hunt and extermination of Osama Bin Laden was executed with deft and precision. ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ is one of the grittiest, emotionally jarring war pictures as of late. Definitely a must see! An intrepid 4.5 out of 5 stars!