Zero Dark Thirty Friday, 10 April 2020

Zero Dark Thirty

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes, violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch:


    Chronicles the series of post-911 events leading to the capture of Osama bin Laden by the CIA.


  • Starring:

    Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Ehle, Reda Kateb, James Gandolfini, Joel Edgerton

  • Directed by:

    Kathryn Bigelow

  • Running time:

    157 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)


    Detainees are interrogated using torture methods, including dog collar, ropes, chains, hoods, handcuffs, waterboarding, suffocation, starvation, force-feeding, deprivation of liberty, heavy-metal music, cramped confinement, cages, harassment, truth manipulation, isolation, sleep deprivation, bribery, yelling, threats, hitting. Terrorist attacks occur in public places by suicide bombers, explosive devices and close-range gunmen using hanguns, machine guns, submachine guns, rifles and snipers. Pictures of vehicle carnage and building rubble are shown. A helicopter crashes. Terrorist plots and incidences are discussed. Audio (phone calls and radio communication) from 911 victims are heard. Characters argue in frustration and anger. Blood/gore: Blood is seen on victims during interrogations and shootings, pooled on the ground/staircases after attacks and splattered on walls. Death/injuries are discussed.


    A detainee is stripped half-naked. Skimpily dressed women dance in a nightclub.


    Smoking, alcohol (wine, beer), cocktails.


    Frequent f-words, s-words, religious exclamations.


    International terrorism, suicide bombing, martyrdom, revenge, justice, suspense, terror, anti-Americanism, torture.


    Well cast with good performances. Location and set design are excellent. The film is careful to avoid being anti-Islamic or pro-American gun-ho.


    International terrorism is not pretty. The film doesn't explain its premise so if you don't know what happened on 11 September 2001 or who Osama bin Laden is then Zero Dark Thirty will make little sense.

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