'Zero Dark Thirty' is directed by the brilliant Kathryn Bigelow and written by her partner Mark Boals ('The Hurt Locker'). The movie opens with 9/11 and the horrific voices of the people trapped in the twin towers and those on the ground.
We then cut to a U.S. facility in Pakistan, the year is 2003. We meet Maya (Jessica Chastain) a recently hired CIA operative. She is being given a lesson on the necessity of water boarding by her mentor Dan (Jason Clark).
When the torture victim begs Maya for help, she replies, 'you can help yourself by being truthful.'
From here on, Maya and her small group of CIA operatives go on a ten year pursuit of Osama bin Laden. The film gives us an in-depth study of major events that led up to his capture including; the London bombings, Obama's campaign, and a number of extremely dangerous Navy Seal missions.
Many of the images are disturbing and there are a lot of torture scenes. Of course there is a great deal of violence, but believe me you will never turn away from the screen.
Personally, I forgot I was watching a film. I was so caught up in the painstaking detail of Maya's relentless pursuit of Bin Laden. It's really interesting that even to this day she never got public credit for capturing the number 1 terrorist in the world (says a lot for the CIA'S good old boy network).