Bill and Helen from When One Thing Leads to Another podcast return to Flixwatcher remotely to review Bill’s choice Zero Dark Thirty.

Zero Dark Thirty is a 2012 dramatisation of the international manhunt for Osama bin Laden post 9/11. It’s impressive cast includes Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Jennifer Ehle, Mark Strong, Kyle Chandler, James Gandolfini, Harold Perrineau, Mark Duplass, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt, Jeremy Strong and John Barrowman. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by The Hurt Locker collaborator Mark Boal it earned widespread critical acclaim and was a box office success.

In the hunt for bin Laden, CIA analyst Maya (Chastain) Harris visits the interrogation (torture) of detainees with suspected links to al-Qaeda with CIA officer Dan (Clarke) Fuller. During this time she is given the name Abu Ahmed, which at first appears to be a dead end but a chance conversation years later reveals that Abu Ahmed may be alive and his brother is dead. With this lead confirmed surveillance points to a compound where bin Laden is assumed to be hiding.

Ten years after its release Zero Dark Thirty still remains a tense fictionalised version of real events and this was reflected in the recommendability scores. With a runtime of over two and half hours scores for repeat viewing were much lower and gives Zero Dark Thirty an overall score of 3.77


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