ZERO DARK THIRTY: THE ‘TITANIC’ OF KATHERYN BIGELOW

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ZERO DARK THIRTY: THE “TITANIC” OF KATHERYN BIGELOW
I happened to watch Zero Dark Thirty, and it wouldn’t be a hyperbole to suggest ZDT is to Katheryn what Titanic was to her ex husband.
First let me tell you the similarities between the two.
Both were based on real life incidents.
Both were incidents of real significance.
And both required extensive behind the camera work to make it possible.
And it’s safe to say the similarities end there.
Where ZDT scores over TITANIC(and it’s bold for me to say it’s better than Titanic) is that this movie required so much research to make it as life like as possible, that too considering the fact that most were classified information and any slip ups and misquotings of facts will be dealt with severely by CIA.
While in Titanic most of the shooting happened inside closed doors with entire Titanic almost created from graphics, Bigelow had to go from street to street inside two of the most Anti American countries Afghan and Pakistan.
Now most could have and would have made a superficial glossary of the entire episode of catching Osama and concentrated on some unknown or made up emotions and relationships to make it engaging to the viewers, but Katheryn makes a movie devoid of emotions yet so engaging to watch for the sheer grit and determination of lead lady.
Where Cameron went for the magical quotient of “LOVE” Katheryn went for much less glamorous but equally effective
“REALISM” and that’s where I suppose in the eyes of many ZDT will be viewed a tad bit lower than TITANIC because the latter took upon a tragic story and introduced Love and made us root for them every scene and virtually made us sink with the TITANIC.
Here Katheryn also makes us root for the lead lady but there was always a ruthless professionalism in her eyes which made us respect her more than love her.
Of the lead characters it’s safe to say that Jessica Chastain as Maya, has Best Actress Oscar written all over her performance, from unflinching stare at tortured terrorist, to scribbling over CIA chiefs door everyday, to the final relief after seeing Osama’s dead body, she nails it as yet another unknown, unnamed CIA agent whose services will forever be unrewarded by public.
I think Kyle Chandler(Joseph Bradley) will be typecasted as as CIA official if he keeps acting in similar roles (Argo, Super 8, to name a few)
Mark Strong, Jason Clarke lend her able support.
VERDICT: THE MOVIE WHICH PROVES THAT AS A DIRECTOR KATHERYN BIGELOW IS NO LESS OR EVEN BETTER THAN EX HER HUSBAND JAMES CAMERON. WHAT SHE LACKS FOR IN IMAGINATION AND MESMERIZING THE VIEWERS, SHE MAKES IT UP FOR THE SHEER ON YOUR FACE REALISM.
P.S:
1. I think the torture scenes are shown in the mildest way possible eventhough that itself has got severe opposition from American Govt.
2. It’s so fascinating to see how Katheryn reconstructed the entire incident brick by brick and get permission from American Govt to shoot within the heart of America’s most secure Cantonments.
3. I think ZDT shows Muslims in even poorer light than VISHWAROOPAM, all militants from suicide bombers to masked gunmen chant Allahs name before killing themselves. Why no protest for this movie Muslim Groups?
And I think Katheryn expecting Muslim protest, similar to Kamal made the head of CIA a very pious Muslim who does Namaz himself before ordering strike on Osama.

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5 responses to “ZERO DARK THIRTY: THE ‘TITANIC’ OF KATHERYN BIGELOW

  1. Uma

    Your review is really perfect. Even i felt the same. Y no protest by muslim groups?..But al together in the movie it was a good rendering of the concept.

  2. Kathryn Bigelow tackles on this manhunt with insight, thrills, chills, precision, suspense and flare. Great review.

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