(WLTX) - Maya is a CIA officer who has spent her entire adult life searching for Osama bin Laden. She isn't the type to torture prisoners - but she certainly knows how to apply pressure...on both her enemies and superiors.
By bluffing a prisoner, she manages to obtain the name of one of bin Laden's personal couriers. Most believe this man to be dead. However, she has a theory of mistaken identity that entertains his existence. Several loose hypotheticals eventually lead her to a heavily-guarded compound in Pakistan that could possibly be housing the al-Qaeda leader.
Kathryn Bigelow has directed multiple films over the years - but it wasn't until 2008's "The Hurt Locker" that people really took notice of her. I don't know if I consider "Zero Dark Thirty" a better movie. But, due to its more factual screenplay, I certainly felt more invested this time. And, much like the rest of the world, I'm pretty outraged that she wasn't nominated for a Best Director Oscar.
It's not easy to keep people's attention for two hours and thirty-seven minutes. However, random acts of terrorism and torture will likely keep anyone from getting too comfortable.
I think everyone should get around to seeing this movie at some point. But, if you aren't prepared to squirm a little, you might want to avoid the harsh realities being put on display here. Regardless, I easily consider this one of the best movies I've seen in the past year and hope for it to get proper recognition on February 24th.
By Lee O. Smith, News19 Movie Reviewer