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Posted on 2/04/14 10:24 PM
Every once in a while there's a movie so devoid of life that it becomes a torturous test of will to sit through. Zero Dark Thirty is just that kind of movie. Unless you've been living under a rock for the past decade and are averse to doing your own proper research, it's a painfully unnecessary and insignificant piece of cinema.
Politics of the matter aside, Zero Dark Thirty asserts that it was in fact torture that led to the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden. The viewer is subjected to scenes of torture and degradation. The problem is, it's completely ineffective like everything else that transpires. This is due to how the movie portrays itself as an unbiased telling of events while missing the entire human element in doing so. Meaning there's absolutely no reason to care about the players either, only the inevitable goal-line. As one track minded as its solitary protagonist, the majority of the time is spent going over debriefings and intel jargon, which is about as interesting as watching paint dry. Even worse are the action scenes being that they're shot in the same vein as its predecessor, The Hurt Locker. That obnoxious contemporary style of shaky-cam with what seems like a fast cut every millisecond. If nauseating is the desired effect, then it worked... Although something tells me Kathryn was once again looking for the cheap route to intensity. Not that it makes a difference considering how much the military might is felt in contrast to how inadequate the opposition was in the end. It's only a matter of time while plodding through the motions.
Zero Dark Thirty is not complex, it's certainly not creative, nor is it compelling. It might as well cuddle up with the overabundance of banal modern military programs such as Generation Kill, Strike Back, The Unit, Homeland, Code Name: Geronimo, etc. etc.