December 27, 2012

Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Country: USA

Review: It’s quite amazing the capacity of Kathryn Bigelow to create great films from high-risk subjects. If “The Hurt Locker” was the boldest movie from 2008, I have to say that “Zero Dark Thirty” has my vote in this category for 2012. A movie that gives us a thrilling insight about the operations that led to Osama Bin Laden’s death in Pakistan on May 2, 2011. The keys to success were many, but I can point a few: a gripping direction; a plot that never loses its way, maintaining high levels of adrenaline; the absence of superficial scenes; an outstanding performance by Jessica Chastain; image accuracy, with special emphasis on the military operation; a distinct approach, free from the standard clichés. The torture scenes, despite polemic, were absolutely necessary, since the goal here was to reveal the truth. “Zero Dark Thirty” sustains my total surrender to one of the best contemporary filmmakers.

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