Like The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty has a short message/story, but is very long anyway. BIgelow, however, knows how to keep audiences entertained and at the edge of their seats throughout. Chastain puts on a fine performance, but the best stretch of this film does not include her. It is the incredible raid sequence that makes this movie great. Bigelow and Boal are pretty good at the set up, but they really know what they are doing when it comes to the action.