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'Zero Dark Thirty' review: Jessica Chastain shines in nail-biting thriller

With “Zero Dark Thirty,” Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”) gives us an up-close and personal look at the “the greatest manhunt in history” and the result is a cold, calculated film effortlessly mining the dark world of terror. While the film may not be the best of the year, its true winner is Jessica Chastain’s knock-out, Oscar-worthy performance.“Zero Dark Thirty” is a taut, sometimes menacing thriller, but with an almost three-hour runtime, it is a slow burning movie. The film opens with controversial torture scenes then plods along with interrogation after interrogation until the team discovers the identity of Osama bin Laden’s most-trusted courier. Until that time, the film is stagnant, but once it takes flight “Zero Dark Thirty” is a nail-biter all the way to the final raid on Bin Laden’s compound.Jessica Chastain is Maya, a defiant and precocious CIA operative who, from 2003 to the final day on May 1, 2011, leads the hunt for bin Laden. Along with her team, most no...

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