Not too long ago, the National Geographic Channel presented its own film about the killing of Osama Bin Laden entitled "Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden". While this film tried to educate its viewer while at the same time entertaining them, it did lose some very important facts, which is a big no-no for information channels like the National Geographic Channel. While it may not have succeeded properly in what it went for, it was still going in to inform, while "Zero Dark Thirty" was also to inform, but more along the lines of informing us how troublesome and secret the decade-long manhunt was for everyone involved.
We all know how the story ends up, Bin Laden is shot and killed, victory all around. The real question is, did this film have a story all on its own, and it did. The story revolved heavily around a woman named Maya (Jessica Chastain) who has been working on finding Bin Laden ever since she began at the CIA. She ultimately was responsible for continuing with passion and faith that they will eventually find Bin Laden. She was the key to the whole film, and filmmakers say that she exists in real life, but her name has been changed for obvious reasons.
As stated above, the manhunt lasted a decade, and it does a pretty good job at executing the troubles and loss of motivation in that time period. The previous film stated above, entitled "Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden" was only the final parts, the last eighteen months, which couldn't capture everything that this one could. In all aspects, this was the victor of the two films. It had better story, better execution, unbelievable acting, spot-on information that doesn't falter in order to entertain a certain type of audience. It is done right, nothing here is done wrong.
There is one issue that many people may end up running into. The movie is long, yes, but we'll get to that in a second. The movie is very detailed, mostly with amazingly accurate precision. There is a line, however, when too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. All of this detail made the film longer, and a lot of people may get mixed up and lose a good chunk of valuable information among the mumbo jumbo. It had to be shorter, all of the information was great and realistic, and even very interesting at points, but it doesn't truly get gripping until the final thirty minutes of the film.
There are also segment breaks here and there with chapter titles that may throw some people off if they don't really pay attention to what is going on in the film. That's the thing, you can't really blink or you might miss something, but it goes beyond that. Some people might have to run the film through their head while they watch it in order to semi-understand what is happening. Not everyone understand political or military movies like this. Those people shouldn't watch it because they will have a hard time enjoying it if they can't relax.
"Zero Dark Thirty" is an important film of our time, and it shouldn't be missed just for that fact. It really is incredible at how well and how realistically they managed to do everything without lacking too terribly much in entertainment. Beware, the movie is long, it is two and a half hours, but it is worth it, if only to watch one time. It may be hard to follow, but keep with it because it has a great message and it shouldn't be missed. Check it out in theaters today!