A film by Kathryn Bigelow.
Cast: Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Joel Edgerton.
Maya is a CIA operative whose first experience is in the interrogation of prisoners following the Al Qaeda attacks against the U.S. on the 11th September 2001. She is a reluctant participant in extreme duress applied to the detainees, but believes that the truth may only be obtained through such tactics. For several years, she is single-minded in her pursuit of leads to uncover the whereabouts of Al Qaeda’s leader, Osama Bin Laden. Finally, in 2011, it appears that her work will pay off, and a U.S. Navy SEAL team is sent to kill or capture Bin Laden. But only Maya is confident Bin Laden is where she says he is.
There is a story where everybody already how is going to end and how it went. in the military it is known zero dark thirty is Half past midnight.
It takes balls and guts to do a movie like that and Kathryn bigelow delivers a great film.
The person who is the subject of the manhunt at the center of this movie is referred to interchangeably as “Osama bin Laden” and “UBL” (for “Usama bin Laden”). The reason for this inconsistency is the real-life fact that there is no one, standard system for transliterating languages that use non-Latinate alphabets (such as Arabic or Hebrew) into English. Since the events of September 11, 2001, “Osama” has been the most common rendering of his first name in the American press, but “Usama” is the version that has always been more commonly used by the intelligence community. The movie was originally about the unsuccessful decade-long manhunt for Osama bin Laden. The screenplay was completely re-written after bin Laden was killed. The climactic sequence devoted to the raid on Osama’s compound runs about 25 minutes, only a few minutes less than the real-life SEALs assault. In an unusual step, acting CIA Director Michael Morell issued a statement about the film emphasizing that while the production team had met with the CIA, the film is a dramatization and is not historically accurate. Morell specifically contradicted the film’s assertion that “enhanced interrogation techniques”, also known as “torture”, had been of significant benefit in locating Osama bin Laden. Director Morell stated, “That impression is false. We cannot allow a Hollywood film to cloud our memory.” Yeah Right I believe it uh! uh! uh !!!!!!
So when the CIA interrogate a prisoner they give him a suite so he can take a shower then he orders lunch with wine, coffee gets a blow job from a beautiful woman after she is done the CIA operative asks him could you tell me where is Osama Bin Ladin? What are you fucking kidding me.
The bizarre, four-lens night vision goggles worn by SEAL Team Six are in fact, authentic. They are cutting-edge GPNVG-18 (Ground Panoramic Night Vision Goggles) manufactured by L-3 Warrior Systems. The extra lenses provide more peripheral vision to the operator.
James Gandolfini, who portrays former CIA head Leon Panetta, sent a note to Panetta before the film came out: “I’m very sorry about everything. I apologize. You’re like my father, so you’ll find something to be angry about, but please let me know.” For months, silence. Then, as the film was in the middle of awards season in early January, screenwriter Mark Boal told Gandolfini, “Leon Panetta would like your phone number because he doesn’t know how to get in touch with you.” The actor was surprised. “He’s the head of the CIA! He can’t find me? Come on, really?!” And they do not torture prisoners Hello! In the film, Leon Panetta is visibly pleased when Maya uses the word “motherfucker” during an official CIA briefing. In real life, Panetta’s prolific use of profanity is well known.