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Zero Dark Thirty - Review

'DARK' DRAMA Kathryn Bigelow chronicles the hunt for Osama bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty

Once in a long while, a fresh-from-the-headlines movie — like All the President's Men or United 93 — fuses journalism, procedural high drama, and the oxygenated atmosphere of a thriller into a new version of history written with lightning.Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow's meticulous and electrifying re-creation of the hunt for Osama bin Laden, is that kind of movie. Early on, a Saudi Arabian terror suspect, imprisoned at an undisclosed CIA ''black site,'' is stripped, starved, and waterboarded. For the audience, it's a deeply unsettling spectacle, but also a darkly fascinating one, since Dan (Jason Clarke), the bearded, thoughtful-looking agency veteran who's doling out the abuse, is anything but a sadist. ''When you lie to me,'' he says, ''I hurt you,'' and this mantra, repeated with terse resolve, lets us know that he's doing whatever it takes to extract information. As Maya (Jessica Chastain), a young CIA analyst, looks on with a mixture of horror and stony approval, Dan plays both bad cop and (as he offers food and relief from torture) good cop. Read More...

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