One moment the leading financial center of the world, the next, the vibration of two jumbo airliners are felt crashing through The World Trade Center’s concrete and glass structure. Flames and heat from exploding fuel rip through the upper floors as thick, black smoke pours from within…the shock and anger of such a brazen attack floods the country…the hunt for Usama Bin Laden is ramped up 100 fold.
After several failed attempts to locate Bin Laden--including a handful during her watch; along with one that costs a fellow CIA agent her life, Maya (Jessica Chastain) becomes even more determined to find and kill the elusive terrorist after a meeting with a supposed traitor from al-Qaeda blows up in their faces.
It’s not until they track his closest courier to a compound in Pakistan and keep surveillance on it for several days—which annoys Maya to no end—does some of the CIA come to the conclusion that the heat signature of a third adult male living in the compound --whom never leaves and always stays hidden when he does step out--is without a doubt, UBL.
Even the Navy Seals have serious doubts about having located him, but Maya’s conviction makes some believers.
Also starring Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Ehle, Jason Clarke, Harold Perrineau and directed by Kathryn Bigelow, “Zero Dark Thirty” is calculating and intense.