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Zero Dark Thirty


  • Zero Dark Thirty is a 2012 American political action-thriller film directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by Mark Boal

Zero Dark Thirty facts

  • Billed as "the story of history's greatest manhunt for the world's most dangerous man", the film dramatizes the nearly decade-long international manhunt for al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States
  • This search eventually leads to the discovery of his compound in Pakistan and the military raid that resulted in bin Laden's death on May 2, 2011
  • The film stars Jessica Chastain as Maya, a fictional CIA intelligence analyst, with Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Ehle, Mark Strong, Kyle Chandler, Édgar Ramírez, and James Gandolfini in supporting roles
  • It was produced by Boal, Bigelow, and Megan Ellison, and was independently financed by Ellison's Annapurna Pictures
  • The film premiered in Los Angeles on December 19, 2012 and had its wide release on January 11, 2013
  • Zero Dark Thirty received widespread critical acclaim and appeared on 95 critics' top ten lists of 2012
  • It was nominated in five categories at the 85th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actress for Chastain, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Film Editing, and won the award for Best Sound Editing
  • The film also earned Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director, and Best Screenplay, with Chastain winning the award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
  • The film's depiction of so-called "enhanced interrogation" generated controversy, with some critics describing it as pro-torture propaganda, as the interrogations are shown producing reliably useful and accurate information
  • Acting CIA director Michael Morell stated, "The film creates the strong impression that the enhanced interrogation techniques

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