This film is like a firecracker: you light the fuse, watch the trail, then see it explode. After the tragic events of 9/11, it was a joyous day on May 1, 2011 when we finally caught Osama bin Laden and returned the favor. So when Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal got the news, you got to think that 'Zero Dark Thirty' was going to have the emotional ending the viewers would want. 'Zero Dark Thirty' was a film that I had high expectations for, and I feel those expectations were all met. I understand the fact that the filmmakers couldn't reveal all that happened, and how Mark Boal worked around certain prospects in writing the film was great. The dialogue was completely engrossing and kept me intrigued in the CIA's strategies, and more importantly, Jessica Chastain's performance as Maya was a revelation that became more and more intense as the manhunt went on. I really believe Chastain is going to win Best Actress, and she deserves it 100%. How much she prepped for the role, and all the stuff her character has to endure needed to be portrayed with emotional fire, and Jessica does just that. There's a numerous amount of supporting characters that have their moment in the spotlight and then are gone minutes later, which kinda left me a little puzzled. But then I realized that their character development isn't as important as Maya's is. Their characters are there to help Maya find bin Laden, and I appreciated them for that aspect alone. Actors like Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Joel Edgerton, and James Gandolfini are examples of supporting actors that had more scenes than others because their characters played more vital roles than others. Jason Clarke and Kyle Chandler played some of the best roles of their careers in this film displaying raw emotion, which gave their characters a lifelike presence for me personally. I really hated Kyle Chandler at times in 'Zero Dark Thirty', constantly questioning Maya and her motives just because he was to scared to take the risks she was willing to take. If anyone else deserves a acting nomination, it's probably Chandler. And when the film reached it's climax at bin Laden's compound, it hit a level of intensity that I don't think can rival any other film of 2012. Kathryn really made me feel like I was there with the SEAL team as they scoured each room until they killed bin Laden. And like everyone in the theater, I was very proud to be an American. You can't deny this film of being an emotional joyride. It's like being dragged through the garden as this decade long hunt is going on. Experiencing gruesome acts of torture, terrorist bombings, and the excursion of human will. But once the film was over, I appreciated what Maya, the SEAL team, and the CIA did for our country more than ever. I wish I could have seen the film earlier so I could put it in my Top 10, but I still commend 'Zero Dark Thirty' for not shying away from the cold truth and giving us a film experience unlike any other in the past couple years.