Zero Dark Thirty

2012 film directed by Kathryn Bigelow

Zero Dark Thirty is a 2012 American thriller movie about the hunt for Osama bin Laden. It was directed by Kathryn Bigelow. The film stars Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt and James Gandolfini. The main character Maya at the Central Intelligence Agency is fictional. However, the story is based on real events. Zero Dark Thiry was a critical success. It is considered one of the best movies of 2012.[5] There was controversy on how the film showed torture.[6]

Zero Dark Thirty
Directed byKathryn Bigelow
Written byMark Boal
Produced by
CinematographyGreig Fraser
Edited by
Music byAlexandre Desplat
Distributed by
Release dates
  • December 10, 2012 (2012-12-10) (Los Angeles)
  • December 19, 2012 (2012-12-19) (United States)
Running time
157 minutes[2]
CountryUnited States
Budget$40–52.5 million[3][4]
Box office$132.8 million[3]

Maya Harris works at the CIA to find Osama bin Laden. A suspected terrorist, Ammar says the courier of Osama bin Laden may be  Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti. Later another suspect denies knowing Abu Ahmed. A Jordanian doctor tricks CIA agents into trusting them. He blows himself up and kills the agents. Another suspect tells Maya he buried Abu Ahmed. Maya believes that the death of Abu was the death of his brother Habeeb. May tells Dan from the CIA headquarters about this. The two track the phone of Ibrahim Sayeed. He went under the name Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti. The car of Sayeed arrives at a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Shooters attack Maya. The CIA calls her job off because they think she is exposed. In the US, Officials discuss whether to attack the compound. 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment attack the compound and kill Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011.



The film got very positive reviews. It has a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics said the movie was gripping and suspenseful.[7]They also praised that the film showed how life is. The film was considered authentic.[8] Zero Dark Thirty made many Critics' top tens list.[9] The film was also controversial. Some criticized the movie for seeming to support torture.[10] Some said it was a pro-Obama movie.[11] Others said the movie wrongly got classified material.[12]    


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