Movie Review: Zero Dark Thirty ***

Zero Dark Thirty” is a fact-based account of the search for Osama Bin Laden and the assault on the compound in which he is suspected to be hiding. The movie begins with a new female CIA agent whose first assignment is to participate in the interrogation techniques of captured al Qaeda members at secure military prison camps following the terrorist attacks on 9/11. She witnesses brutal attempts by experienced agents who are trying to find the whereabouts of top wanted terrorists.

After years of compiling clues and evidence, many trails run cold, deals get reneged, data becomes old, and mistaken identities create a loss of confidence in the obtained information. Although the agent is still confident of the location of her target, there is no visual confirmation. Without an eye-witness, the search and destroy mission is put on hold for months waiting for evidence of Bin Laden’s presence.

Zero Dark Thirty is military slang for a start time that is either very late at night or very early in the morning. The eventual assault is done with high tech night vision equipment under the cover of darkness. The first half of the movie moves very slowly with disturbing torture scenes. The assault portion of the movie moves deliberately and methodically with more speed. The weapons and equipment used in this film depicts stuff straight out of a modern warfare video game. The true story of the hunt for the most notorious terrorist of our time is interesting and well told. I give it 3 of 5 stars.

Premiere Theater shows new release movies like
“Zero Dark Thirty” on 7 screens in Hillsdale, Michigan. It is a short ride from
the Munro House Bed & Breakfast in Jonesville. Weekend matinee movies are currently priced at just $4.75. Sweet!

Mike Venturini
“Life is good in Jonesville” 

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