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Zero Dark Thirty

Release Date: December 19th, 2012

DVD Release Date: March 19th, 2013

R |2 hr 37 min

Plot Summary

Following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Osama bin Laden becomes one of the most-wanted men on the planet. The worldwide manhunt for the terrorist leader occupies the resources and attention of two U.S. presidential administrations. Ultimately, it is the work of a dedicated female operative (Jessica Chastain) that proves instrumental in finally locating bin Laden. In May 2011, Navy SEALs launch a nighttime strike, killing bin Laden in his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

Cast: Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Ehle, Mark Strong, Kyle Chandler, Edgar Ramirez, Chris Pratt

Director: Kathryn Bigelow

Genres: Thriller, Drama, War

Production Co: First Light Production, Mark Boal, Annapurna Pictures

Distributors: Sony Pictures Entertainment

Keywords: Intense, 2000s, 2010s, Pursuit, Gripping

Ratings & Reviews

  • 90
    Alison WillmoreMovieline

    Zero Dark Thirty makes you feel every step of Maya's journey, but it's her impressive achievement and that of the film itself that we're left contemplating, not her humanity - a stunningly well-realized whole with few soft spots to latch onto. show more

  • 95
    Bob MondelloNPR

    Was the death of Osama bin Laden worth the moral price, the compromised ideals? The filmmakers could hardly avoid raising those questions, but they pointedly leave them for the audience to answer. This is not a triumphant story in their telling, but it is one uncommonly freighted with the weight of history. show more

  • 100
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    The film's power steadily and relentlessly builds over its long course, to a point that is terrifically imposing and unshakable. show more

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Nominated Director
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2013)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013)
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2013)
Winner Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Film Editing
Winner Sound Editing
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2013)
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2013)
Nominated Leading Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2013)
Nominated Writing (Original Screenplay)