Zero Dark Thirty
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow
Cornerhouse, 27 January 2013
The war on terror told from the perspective of Jessica Chastain’s CIA agent.
When a key colleague is killed, it becomes very personal for Maya: she wants ObL’s head on a silver platter. It is this move of Kathryn Bigelow’s, her decision to treat the hunt for ObL as a matter of payback and personal revenge, that reduces the film somewhat. It makes for an utterly compelling thriller, but perhaps not more than that.
The grown-up view would be: in a war all sides suffer, and suffer casualties. No one is exempt.
This is a fine film overall, mind, and is framed by two technological feats of – whatever else they were – great daring. The way in which it covers the second of these, the raid on ObL’s compound in Pakistan, will leave you holding your breath.