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Zero Dark Thirty

ages 16+ | 86 % Say It's Worth Your Time

Following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Osama bin Laden becomes one of the most-wanted men on the planet. The worldwide manhunt for the terrorist leader occupies the resources and attention of two U.S. presidential administrations. Ultimately, it is the work of a dedicated female operative (Jessica Chastain) that proves instrumental in finally locating bin Laden. In May 2011, Navy SEALs launch a nighttime strike, killing bin Laden in his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

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Genre: Action , Historical drama

Director: Kathryn Bigelow

Cast: Joel Edgerton, Jessica Chastain


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Rated R Language|Brutal Disturbing Images|Strong Violence

  • 4 of 10 Sex & Nudity
  • 7 of 10 Violence & Gore
  • 9 of 10 Profanity

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  • (Male)

    Mature 18+ | Worth Your Time

    This film totally delivered on my high expectations. It's a thorough and fascinating look into the hunt for Bin Laden told through the eyes of the CIA agent who found him.

    This film is pretty raw and I do not think anyone under 18 is equipped to view it. It is very realistic, which means realistic profanity including lot of eff words but more disturbing is the violence and also the treatment of detainees in the aftermath of 911. There is one scene that show a detainee's buttocks several times with fecal matter implied. I found this film to be slightly political with a subtle jab here and there, but not political enough to be a turn-off for anyone regardless of affiliation.

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  • (Male) Deseret News Critic

    Mature 17+ | Worth Your Time

    “Zero Dark Thirty” is a must-see film for any American adult hoping to develop an informed opinion about post-9/11 U.S. foreign policy.

    **Content warning** Dozens of people are killed via bomb explosions and gunshots in “Zero Dark Thirty,” yet the violence and explosions feel more realistic than embellished. Conversely, the pervasive coarse language often feels contrived, because epithets too often get thrown around in ways that don’t sound anything like authentic dialogue.

    I highly recommend “Zero Dark Thirty” — but not because of the procedural treatment it applies to the death of Osama bin Laden. (In fact, the film’s laser-focused fixation on accurately depicting every detail about the nighttime raid that killed bin Laden actually bogs down the end of the film because it doesn’t involve the movie’s dynamic female protagonist (a CIA agent named Maya, played convincingly by Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain), and because everybody in the theater knows exactly how the raid will ultimately end.

    Rather, the residual value of “Zero Dark Thirty” stems from how the movie boldly confronts viewers with graphic depictions of controversial interrogation techniques the U.S. government employed during its ruthless campaign against Al Qaeda in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. It’s very uncomfortable to watch detainees suffer verbal humiliation and sleep deprivation — but that’s precisely the point. Whether waterboarding actually helped produce key intelligence that led to the death of Osama bin Laden is merely tangential to forming a valuation of “Zero Dark Thirty,” because in order for Americans to synthesize an informed opinion about actions their government actively pursued in in the name of preserving freedom, they first need to be able to see what actually happened to all those suspected terrorists the CIA sequestered in secret locations across the globe.

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  • (Male)

    Mature 17+ | Worth Your Time

    This movie was good. It was different than I thought it would be. I thought it would show more of the troops and follow the guys that took Osama out, but it doesnt. It shows the research to find him. There is a lot of profanity in the show, so if your ears are sensitive to 4 letter words do not go see it. There is also shooting and explosions. It shows people getting shot and dead bodies. For mature levels only! I think it is a great show that people should go see, to know what happened.

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  • (Male)

    ages 16+ | Not Worth Your Time

    I just watched "Zero Dark Thirty" (finally). I must say that without Jessica Chastain's driven, intense, & mesmerizing performance, the movie seemed somewhat aimless. The last half an hour was intense, but the first two hours I found myself wondering where the film was going and why it chose to focus on certain, somewhat less important things. Not to say it is a bad movie. I liked it. I guess I just expected more, and I DON'T understand all the controversy ! But there is at least one movie every year that is a bit overrated and gets Oscar's attention nonetheless ("The Usual Suspects", "Braveheart", "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close", "The Blind Side", "Crash", to name a few). Maybe "Zero Dark Thirty" is this year's most overrated movie. Dunno. Kudos to Jessica Chastain though!!


    Mature 18+ | Worth Your Time

    I found Zero Dark Thirty a fascinating look into the actual work that goes into the headlines we see in the news. This is not an action film at its core, but an extended investigation punctuated by a lot of tense moments. The film does raise a number of controversial moral and ethical questions about the methods and amount of money that go into these operations, and you may find yourself squirming in your seat from time to time. Well acted and riveting, Zero Dark Thirty is a thought provoking glimpse into an important piece of U.S. history, but you may need to play with your filter settings to find a comfortable spot... <a href="" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>

  • (Male)

    Mature 18+ | Worth Your Time

    Way good movie. Not as good as Hurt Locker. No children should ever see this.

  • (Male)

    Mature 17+ | Worth Your Time

    Was an amazing insight to a historic night in our nations history. Surely for a more mature audience. I found it very intriguing and fascinating, certainly worth your time!

  • (Female)

    Mature 18+ | Not Worth Your Time

    This movie reminded me of "Pearl Harbor". Two hours of boring set-up to get to 20 minutes of action. Most of it felt a lot more like a documentary than a movie. If you're after details of how we got Bin Laden, you'll like it. If you want an entertaining action movie, try "Act of Valor" instead.

  • (Female)

    Not ok | Worth Your Time

    If you are into historical political fiction nothing will surprise you about this film. The story line follows real events, but as much of the information is still classified the characters are based on several real people or are written to convey the situation rather than real people.

    The ideas and issues dealt with in the film deserve the R rating, this film is not for kids or adolescents.


    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    ZERO DARK THIRTY is extremely well made and powerful. It’s also very patriotic and makes President Obama’s lax interrogation policies look naïve. However, you never see the villain. So, when everything’s solved, there’s little exhilaration about defeating a nefarious force... <a href="" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>

  • Dove Foundation

    Not ok | Not Worth Your Time

    There is a great deal of violence in this segment that is simply not family entertainment, nor is the excessive language used by almost everyone in the film including the Defense Secretary himself... <a href="" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>

  • (Male)

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    There is no sex and shows a shadowed mans but. You cant see anything.
    Violence is a at a pg13 rating
    There is Profanity not Lock stock and two smoking barrels but some.


    Mature 17+ | Worth Your Time

    Possibly suitable only for the oldest and most mature teens and adult audiences, it captures a pivotal moment in a story that only the shortsighted would say is over... <a href="" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>

  • (Male) Catholic News Service

    Mature 18+ | Not Worth Your Time

    The film contains considerable violence, including scenes of torture and degradation, brief rear nudity, at least one use of profanity as well as frequent rough and crude language... <a href="" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>

  • (Female) Movie Mom

    Mature 17+ | Worth Your Time

    Parents should know that this film includes terrorism, war, and torture scenes with some very graphic images, characters injured and killed, some sexual references, very strong language, and drinking and smoking... <a href="" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>

  • (Male) Arizona Republic

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Zero Dark Thirty” is a great movie, an astonishing achievement on nearly every level... <a href="" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>

  • (Female) USA TODAY

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    It takes two hours to get to the killing of Osama bin Laden, but that sequence is well worth the wait... <a href="" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>

  • (Male) Entertainment Weekly

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Bigelow stages the deadly raid on the compound for maximum realism, which gives the film a classic thriller climax that is also, in its shockingly low-key way, almost an anti-thriller climax... <a href=",,20483133_20618533,00.html" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>

Okfor ages12+