Today I present for your consideration an amazing movie recently released on DVD: Zero Dark Thirty (2012, Rated R).
A CIA operative named Maya (Jessica Chastain) reluctantly observes the torture of prisoners who might have information about the location of Osama bin Laden. She works doggedly to figure out where the terrorist is, and finally gets a break. Although she is the only person who is 100 percent certain that bin Laden is not holed up in a cave, but is living in a compound, Navy SEALS enter the compound, and depart with the body of bin Laden.
This movie is a bit long at 157 minutes. As Maya's work dragged on, I felt sleepy a couple of times. I felt disgusted and sickened by the torture scenes. But then the tension builds and the big sequence arrives: The SEALS enter the compound. I don't think I've ever felt more strongly affected by a sequence in a movie. At times the viewer sees the film as if looking through the night vision goggles the SEALS are wearing. We get as close as possible to being there.
Even though I knew the outcome of the raid, I was terrified. It was so intense. I bit my lower lip; I picked at a ragged cuticle; I squirmed in my chair, and not because I needed to pee; and, finally, when the man was dead, I cried with relief and gratitude. I felt so proud of our armed forces.
This movie is definitely worth watching in spite of the moments when sleepiness might descend; however, I recommend that you wait a minimum of three or four months before seeing it. Zero Dark Thirty has a couple of sudden explosions that had me gasping in astonishment and fear. It's too soon after the explosions at the Boston Marathon to watch this movie. Furthermore, it is not for children.
Some of you might not want to watch it because it's too realistic, and it brings war into your living room. The torture is horrifying.
Although I loved Argo and felt that it deserved its Best Picture Academy Award after I saw it, I now think the Best Picture award should have gone to Zero Dark Thirty, with Kathryn Bigelow winning her second Best Director Academy Award (she won previously for The Hurt Locker, which won the Best Picture Award). Zero Dark Thirty moved me and surprised me in a way Argo did not. It's extremely well made.
I think Zero Dark Thirty did not win Best Picture because of the controversies surrounding it. Although numerous high-level administration officials have stated that no worthwhile information came about from the torture of prisoners, the film appears to condone torture. One critic called Bigelow "torture's handmaiden."
Additionally, some officials and members of the military felt that Bigelow was given too much classified information for her use in the making of the film. An investigation concluded that this was not the case, but there are those who remain angry about it.
I, however, judge the film as a film, and not as a historical document. Because of the way it's made and the way it made me feel, I say this was the best film of the year.
Zero Dark Thirty has The Janie Junebug Highest Seal of Approval.
One little note of trivia: The Seals are portrayed as taking a German Shepherd on the raid with them. In reality, the dog was a Malinois. My Harper is a smooth Collie/Malinois, and he is such a conniving bastard that I would definitely want a Malinois on my side in any kind of mission.
|Oh, I know he looks so sweet and gentle here, but Harper is a brilliant escape artist.|
Infinities of love,
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Sounds very intense. Too intense. I really wanted Jessica to win best actress, though. I will forever love her in The Help.ReplyDelete
Yes, I thought she was very, very good in The Help. I love that movie. You is good. You is kind. You is important. I say that to my Middle Child all the time.Delete
May be a little too intense for this wimp!!ReplyDelete
That's understandable, but you're the last person I would think of as a wimp.Delete
Without seeing the movie, just reading about it, I was pretty sure it was the best movie, best director of the year and that all the things you list prevented it from getting those honors. The Malinois is supposed to be a more mean spirited dog than the GSD, so I agree I that taking one of those on this mission was a good idea. However, being such a huge GSD fan, I know they would do a good job also. And they would be the ones in my living room. But, before I offend any Malinois owners, or Harper himself, all dogs are good dogs says the Dog Whisperer and I so agree with that.ReplyDelete
Harper is not offended, and neither am I. He is not mean spirited, just slippery and a trickster. Too smart for his own good sometimes.Delete
Sounds very exciting!ReplyDelete
Haven't seen Zero...; but probably won't. These days there's enough horror in the news for me, without actively seeking more.ReplyDelete
If I had known how intense it was, I would have waited several months before watching it.Delete
I still haven't seen this, I guess I need to go rent it.ReplyDelete
One of these days . . . so many movies and books, so little time.Delete
Thanks for the movie review. Something that I definitely do not need to watch.ReplyDelete
Blessings and Bear hugs!
Bear hugs back at ya!Delete
Zero Dark Thirty is a good movie but I enjoyed Argo much more. Have a great weekend.ReplyDelete
E enjoyed Argo more, but I think Zero Dark Thirty is the superior film.Delete
Pardon me. I enjoyed Argo more. I don't know who "E" is, unless it stands for Elvis, who hasn't seen either movie.Delete
We've seen Argo and both loved it, and have been kind of dancing around the periphery of Zero Dark Thirty. I'm glad to read your recommendation to wait a few months.ReplyDelete
I'm happy I helped.Delete
I've thought and thought about seeing that movie, but just have been nervous to see the torture scenes. Maybe I could fast forward through those parts?ReplyDelete
You can definitely fast forward through those scenes. They're close to the beginning of the movie.Delete
You know that I will pass, but what a great review, woman!ReplyDelete
When you mention the night vision goggles it made me think of Silence of The Lambs!
I didn't know Harper was such a pistol! But he is a handsome devil. :)
Though I hate what comes with dogs and old age (Faulkner went deaf and lame), it's a good thing Harper is slowing down a bit.Delete
I saw Zero Dark Thirty and Argo. They were both excellent movies.ReplyDelete
I'm glad you liked them.Delete
I'm sure I would be absolutely terrified watching that movie!ReplyDelete
I was frightened even though I knew they would kill bin Laden. When I know what's going to happen and a movie can still affect me, I know it's well made.Delete
The movie sounds interesting although not sure if it the type I would like and I don't handle long movies well I get restless and have to get up and wonder aroundReplyDelete