Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton & Chris Pratt
Plot: "A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May, 2011."
Review: Zero Dark Thirty is a strong dramatic follow up from Bigelow’s previous entry The Hurt Locker. Following another true story based on actual events, she tells the story of the capture of Osama. Jessica Chastian’s character was played very well, and her development as a strong female lead didn’t go unnoticed either. I surprisingly enjoyed the pace of the film and they did a good job capturing ten years into two and a half hours. The soldiers were well selected with an impressive performance from Chris Pratt. As always, it was shot remarkably and again Bigelow knows how to keep her audience in suspense. Those final thirty minutes kept me on edge. The violence did disturb me quite a bit because it did feel very real as it happened in that moment in time. I do believe this film has a strong chance of winning of picture of the year, but who knows.