Jeff's Review of Zero Dark Thirty
Zero Dark Thirty(2013)
After having been supremely let down by the seemingly politically-charged, over-hyped and over-dramatized "The Hurt Locker," then after hearing the controversy about the use of torture in "Zero Dark Thirty," I was not too keen on putting myself through another 2.5 hour "opinion" by a subjective director and feeding the machine. However, after forcing myself to look at the film objectively, the reality is, Kathryn Bigelow has produced a beautifully directed dramatization of the efforts from 9/11 to the death of UBL. The opening "scene," as it were, was very powerful. Opening the film with the calls, fears and chaos during 9/11 was the perfect way to put the entire audience in the right frame of mind. And while the facts may have had some dramatic license taken for the sake of filmmaking, I've read that it is remarkably accurate. As for the controversy around the torture scenes, I didn't watch the film believing that Kathryn Bigelow was making a statement of the effectiveness of torture in finding UBL. It simply came across as the beginning of a series of steps that got us closer and closer to solving this long-cold case. I intentionally didn't read too much about the "controversy" or Kathryn's response to the criticism until after I formed my own opinion. What I found is that her intent is exactly how I took it. It wasn't meant to convey torture's effectiveness. It was simply meant to convey its role in the process. While there were a couple of scenes that made me cringe a little from its over-dramatic stance, overall "Zero Dark Thirty" is a remarkable improvement over her previous effort and one of the best of the year.