Zero Dark Thirty

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This is as much a documentary and an action packed thrill ride all in one. Even though you know what the ending is going to be, you’re still at the edge of your seat the entire movie. After the first bomb exploded, I found myself almost covering me ears in some scenes thinking at any second another one was going to blow off.

The movie shows what the government has been doing since 9/11 to track and kill Osama Bin Laden. It shows why it took this long to find and kill him. It shows the painstaking journey the people involved have to go through to find him. Bin Laden practically want off the grid entirely. The only way to track him is by finding out who his couriers are. The couriers are the ones who transport information and orders from Bin Laden to others.

The scary thing is when you’re watching the movie; it shows terrorist attacks that really happened. I found myself transported back and remembering where I was when these attacks happened. Obviously 9/11, the London bombing and the failed Times Square car bomb are a few of the many that they show.

The main character, Maya, is assigned to the team to track down Bin Laden. It eventually becomes an obsession of hers. Leads turn up that look promising and in the next scene go cold. You feel the frustration yourself because she keeps on getting so close to have it simply slip away constantly.

Dan is an interrogator who practically steals the show away when he’s on camera. Dan is more than willing to do whatever’s necessary to get information out of his targets. His methods are mostly water-boarding, but it always gets the job done. To quote him “You’ll break. It’s only a matter of time.”

When they finally learn the location of the safe house Bin Laden is in, they still don’t make a move on him. Sadly we live in a world where we have to dot every T and cross every I and have to make certain that he is there before they deploy. Over 100 days go by and Maya makes sure her boss knows that by writing on his glass doors the number of days they haven’t acted on the safe house.

Finally they get the order to go in. they deploy a pair of helicopters filled with special op soldiers. Stealth…isn’t even a word to use in the taking of this safe house. They fly DIRECTLY above the safe house. Not off to the side and jump out, right in the courtyard of it. One of the helicopters even has engine trouble and crashes! No soldiers are killed, but DAMN ever heard of “not making noise”?

It takes a while to kill Bin Laden in this scene. The soldiers go carefully from room to room and you have to ask “What was Bin Laden doing while they were there”? I’m surprised he didn’t try and run. Not that it would’ve done any good, but it’s better than sitting in the 3rd floor just waiting.

Overall this movie deserves Oscar wins. The trailers say “this movie defines a decade” and it sure does. It’s hard to keep you in suspense when you know the ending. This movie delivers in all categories and a must see.

A perfect 5/5 and God Bless America and the men and women who fight to keep us safe.

Joe Reyes

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