Friday, January 11, 2013
ZERO DARK THIRTY A STEP BY STEP VISUAL NARRATIVE by Pamela Powell
No one will forget September 11, 2001. Everyone's life has changed because of this event. Safety, Homeland Security, and terrorism are terms that are never far below the surface when traveling. When in the airport, it is a familiar scene for a complete stranger to go up to a uniformed soldier and shake his hand, pat his back or even give him or her a hug with a heartfelt "thank you." Without me going into my own personal feelings, I'll leave it at the fact that our military is necessary to protect us and I am thankful for everyone who has served. That being said, "Zero Dark Thirty" was about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden with his ultimate demise and the steps and people who were responsible for that goal.
The movie itself didn't hook me, though. Maybe it's all still too fresh in my mind. The movie took you through each and every step that the military completed in order to accomplish their ultimate goal. It was so detailed and drawn out that I just wasn't on the edge of my seat wanting to see how they put that puzzle together. I couldn't help but compare this to "Argo." Maybe there was a bit more "Hollywood" in "Argo" than I realize. But even though I knew what was going to happen in "Argo," I was still riveted and questioning what would happen! "Zero Dark Thirty" did not do that for me.
I know I'm going against the grain of every other review out there, but this is Reel HONEST Reviews and I honestly did not enjoy it. That's not to take away from the acting skills of those involved. I'll reiterate that Jessica Chastain was spectacular. The supporting cast was superb. The movie felt convincingly real. It just didn't capture my undivided attention and make me want to watch more.