Tuesday, 28 April 2015
POPCORN REVIEW: ZERO DARK THIRTY
Unflinching, unsettling and uncompromising, 'Zero Dark Thirty' is the kind of movie that wakes you up in the middle of the night. Yet you need to open your eyes to this. In the immediate aftermath of the hunt and capture for Bin Laden this film was made and gave its dynamic director Kathryn Bigelow Oscar glory over her ex James Cameron and at that point the biggest movie ever in 'Avatar'. So both sides won and Bigelow's modern film matched 'The Hurt Locker' for real and raw drama right at your door. Over the last few years a lot of Hollywood pictures have headed to the Middle East to make sense of all this war. From the courageous 'Lone Survivor' starring Mark Wahlberg to the controversial 'American Sniper' from Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper. Yet this one dealing with the most sensitive of subjects really takes you further. Featuring standout performances from suits like Kyle Chandler and Mark Strong and soldiers like Joel Edgerton and Chris Pratt, this all-star, A game is rounded out by the always brilliant, yet underrated Jason Clarke and the late, great James Gandolfini. Yet all good men would be nothing without a woman and its not just Bigelow leading the charge. Leading lady Jessica Chastain takes this film by the scruff of its neck and makes it her outstanding own. This was the 'Lawless', 'Interstellar' and 'A Most Violent Year' standouts moment and along with 'The Help' has made quite the career for arguably the best actress around today. Its a performance of magnitude for a situation so strong it requires one of true grit, depth and dedication which Chastain has an artillery of. No matter the opinion of war, she is worthy of your commendation. Do her the honor! TIM DAVID HARVEY.