Zero Dark Thirty (2013) Movie Review
What really happened on that run to find Osama bin Laden? In Zero Dark Thirty (2013), the marines experience the madness of war to avail the greatest hunts of all time, lasting decade. Is this a glorification of American military prowess, or a film with a purpose, designed strategically to warn others of the power of the American military destruction.
By no means is the Zero Dark Thirty movie anything exceptional, it falls perfectly in line with Black Hawk Down, We Were Soldiers, and The Patriot. These stories have much in common: overcoming the struggles of war in pursuit of justice for the good of everyone. But one thing these films fail to imitate are actual real-life events. Despite American soldiers being massacred in the actual events that Black Hawk Down described, in the film itself, we see a glorification of American military power and its sheer destructiveness, placing Americans in the greatest light.
The Zero Dark Thirty movie fails to explore the aftermath of the assassination of Osama Bin Laden, it only draws on the process that led to Bin Laden's demise. The story is not at all plausable, I suppose, in the realistic sense because it undercuts the international circumstances which led to this film.
The cinematography, photography and overall filming shows evidence of a highly talented, skilled, and very conscious director with strong background in speedy sequential development, audience-entertaining editing, and fast-paced drama. Obviously, this story is not true to any aspect of the Bin Laden assassination, except perhaps in the hole that Bin Laden was found. Although we get a first hand count of the relationships between soldiers and their authority, we're left to question exactly what part of these relations actually were true to the process of assassinating Bin Laden.
I find it interesting that the director, Kathryn Bigelow, chose to portray Americans in this light. With an overtly grand narrative designed to put the soldiers in the forefront, it seemed like the movie was overtly influenced by powerful patriotic military tendencies/people. There are, of course, people who have invested significantly in this film with the intent of portraying Americans in a justified course of action, leading up to Bin Laden's ultimate death. Bigelow doesn't portray the fundamental truth: Bin Laden's death was a complete breach of international rights, an abuse of military power, and the lack of justice and overtly influence savagery that failed to provide real justice to those who died from Bin Laden's hand.
This, I feel, was like a warning campaign to all those "terrorists" who have worked with Bin Laden, or have been influenced by Al Qaeda, that there is absolutely no where to run from the US Marines. This is kind of scary, considering that the US Marines are in places that we don't really know, doing things that are, in essence, unknown to everybody else in the international community.
Zero Dark Thirty ultimately is about revenge for the Americans who died in 9/11. We are made to forget about what actually happend, why it happened, and if it was truly justified. This film is a glorification of American military savagery, and despite its marvelous editorial feat and directing, I pronounce this movie as garbage.
Don't even watch it.