Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton
On May 2 2011, the world rejoiced with news that the world’s most dangerous terrorist was dead.
This is the incredible true story of the decade long hunt for Osama Bin Laden, the head and founder of the Islamist militant group al-Qaeda. Set from the aftermath of 9/11 this military thriller tells of the perseverance of a CIA agent(Jessica Chastain) in tracking down the world’s most dangerous man, following all leads when others lost faith. When she discovered Laden’s hiding place in Pakistan, astonishingly it took over 120 days for the order to be given to retrieve him, as only she firmly believed that he was there. Had she given up her conquest Bin Laden would still be alive today.
The Americans are not glorified in this movie, where terrorists in detention are sadistically tortured for information leading to Laden’s whereabouts. Treated like dogs they are completely dehumanised. Scenes of people in Laden’s hideaway being casually shot by American Seals will also rekindle debate as to whether the high body count was necessary. An insight into many terrorist activities such as 9/11, the bus bombing in London & the Times Square bombing in New York amongst others, highlight why the urgency to capture this monster was extreme.
At 156 minutes this is a realistic, powerful & riveting movie. Not for the squeamish as the many scenes of violence & bloodshed are nauseating. Thought provoking was the actual news footage (which appeared straight after a torture scene) where Barack Obama denies the torture & ill treatment of terrorists in American captivity. JAKE