OTTAWA’S CINEMA FOR INTERNATIONAL AND INDEPENDENT MOVIES

Zero Dark Thirty

Nominated for five 2012 Oscars, including Best Picture

Poster art for Zero Dark ThirtyZero Dark Thirty finds Hurt Locker collaborators KathrynBigelow and Mark Boal compressing the CIA’s decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden into a crisp, urgent thriller that manages to feel suspenseful and nervy even when the outcome is a matter of history. Jessica Chastain’s fantastic as the operative who gives the film its centre, rising effortlessly to the challenge of representing America’s damaged post-9/11 soul (and putting a great deal of distance between her driven, confident intelligence expert and the Cassandra-like character Claire Danes plays on ‘Homeland’).

At its finest, Zero Dark Thirty transcends true-life drama and invites us into the headspace of people who’ve participated in changing the world. Turns out it’s a lot more complicated, and much uglier, than we’d like to believe. (And the torture debate is bullshit, by the way.)”

– Norm Wilner, NOW Toronto
 

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