Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal’s second collaboration (the first being “The Hurt Locker”) has just enough gritty drama and intrigue to convey the trials and tribulations of those involved in the film. “Zero Dark Thirty” does not hold back. There are a few instances of some hard to watch torture scenes and upsetting violence, but Bigelow and Boal crank out a film that is of the highest quality and is rather informative at the same time.
The film chronicles the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May, 2011.
The acting on a whole is completely on point. There are many actors that just seem to pop up in the film, but each carry their weight. Jessica Chastain is great in most aspect of her performance. Her character of Maya, who is the lead, has many emotional scenes with tough dramatic aspects. Chastain delivers a performance worthy of her character and deservingly won the Golden Globe for best actress.
As stated above, Bigelow and Boal work hand in hand to deliver a quality script and great direction to bring the story to life on the big screen. The film may not be the most entertaining film ever, but it is of the highest quality and portrays a tough story in a rather realistic way.