Like her film The Hurt Locker, this is the story of obsession; here that of a CIA heroine, who won’t let the politics or laziness of her colleagues get in her way in tracking down the face of al-Qaeda.
The film moves like a detective story as Maya, played by the superb Jessica Chastain, puts together the elusive pieces that lead to Bin Laden’s hideaway. However, as has been brought out by many film and real-life detectives, their work is often tedious. And, to set up the explosive and not-to-be-missed last half hour of Zero Dark Thirty, we have to go through, with Maya, a long process of discovery.
I don’t think Zero Dark Thirty is the best film of the year, but it may be the most controversial. I give it a 4+ out of 5; Jessica Chastain a 5 for her performance.
And, God bless Seal Team 6 for their work. They do get a 6.