Zero Dark Thirty USA 2012 – 157min.

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Zero Dark Thirty

Movie Rating: Constantin Xenakis

Movie about the CIA's decade-long search for and assassination of Osama Bin Laden.

Sent in 2003 to the American embassy in Pakistan, Maya helps torture jihadist prisoners suspected of being in on 9/11 under the orders of Osama Bin Laden. Some time later, Maya takes the case up again, determined to find the greatest terrorist in modern history. In 2009, after believing that she and the CIA have been on the wrong track for years, Maya manages to identify a man who may be a messenger for Osama Ben Laden, as well as the bunker in which he may be hiding. With no proof, Maya tries to convince the top brass at the CIA and the White House to send in troops...

The Obama administration decided not to publish any images of Osama Bin Laden’s death. Was that to smooth the way for this piece of propaganda, which extols the American president’s victory thanks to top-secret made available to the makers of this movie? Despite the self-congratulatory aspect and the oversimplification of the investigation (whose success seems due to only one woman), Zero Dark Thirty puts viewers in the midst of the action and lets them pretend they had a hand in assassinating Osama Bin Laden. Nicely done piece of cinematography by director Kathryn Bigelow... and another place for Obama in history books.



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