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Zero Dark Thirty

January 19, 2013

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Over the last year I’ve noticed an alarming trend. Critics and film goers have been describing every film as “uneven.” My fiancee made an interesting observation after watching Zero Dark Thirty. She said “If every movie is uneven then this film can only be described as even.” This film is fantastic on every level. The directing, editing and acting (Chastain won Golden Globe) are all on another level. Katherine Bigelow has been making fantastic films for a long time. Point Break and Hurt Locker were modern day classics and ZDT is when she put it all together. ZDT is a complete movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat while never feeling like a 165 minute film. An added bonus is that is gives Marc Strong another opportunity to prove he is the best supporting actor around.

Zero Dark Thirty Marc Strong


Jessica Chastain (Tree of Life, Take Shelter, The Help, Lawless) is proving to be the best around with her no nonsense/intelligent/fragile/strong demeanor. For instance, she has an amazing line that she delivers with a nervous aplomb. The line is “I’m the motherf***er who found this place.” Who does she deliver it to? She calls herself a “motherf***er” in front of the head of the CIA. However, it isn’t too self confident or forced. Chastain walks the line and she does it well. She stands out amidst a plethora of fantastic character actors and I don’t know if any other actress could pull off the role. The thing I love most is that the there is no forced exposition about her life and history. She is an unstoppable force of ginger that feels real and gets her man.

Zero Dark Thirty Chastain 1


Also, While watching the film my fiancee kept saying how badass Jason Clarke was. The last time I saw him was in Lawless (with Chastain) and I’m glad he was finally allowed to flex his acting chops alongside Coach Taylor.

Zero Dark Thirty Kyle Chandler


It seems like Bigelow gathered actors that she liked and had them recite the fantastic dialogue written by Mark Boal. For instance, you get to watch Mark Duplass (Safety Not Guaranteed), Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), Harold Perrineau (Lost), Scott Adkins (Expendables 2), Edgar Ramirez (Carlos), Joel Edgerton (Warrior) and Chris Pratt (Moneyball) light up the screen with their minor roles. Bigelow has a way of using her minor characters to the fullest. She has made Gary Busey lovable in Point Break, Harrison Ford Russian in k-19 and Guy Pearce explosive in Hurt Locker. This sounds random but I would love Bigelow to direct a Game of Thrones movie. She could crush the action scenes and give every actor a moment to shine.

Zero Dark Thirty Joel Edgerton


Zero Dark Thirty is about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden. It took billions of dollars, lots of torture, many false leads and an iron will. As the movie progresses you wonder why it is still so important. However, after all is said and done you understand why she never gave up. Zero Dark Thirty takes you down a rabbit hole of understandable obsession. It is smart and unpredictable which is kinda cool because you know how it ends.

Watch this movie. Break the trend of calling everything “uneven.” Appreciate Point Break because Keanu Reeves is awesome.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. johnleavengood permalink
    January 19, 2013 9:40 am

    Loved Chastain in this. Love her in everything. Actually…just love her–like, I’d marry that girl! Of course, she probably has a few other suitors lined up in Hollywood with air-brushed abs. LOL

    She’s great, lovely, and always credible.

  2. Sweet Sugar permalink
    January 20, 2013 7:39 am

    Describing something as “uneven” is as lazy as saying “it is what it is”


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