2012 Year in Review: The 10 Best Movies
Zero Dark Thirty
An utterly sincere and emotionally detached recounting of the decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden, Zero Dark Thirty earned its praise this year for an almost aggressive aversion to drama. Told in a semi-documentary, no-frills production, the film features actress Jessica Chastain in a star-making and potentially award-winning turn as the CIA agent obsessed with the angle that would eventually lead authorities to bin Laden's compound.
Offering no judgements, Zero Dark Thirty presents issues of torture, interrogation, revenge and catharsis, all while posing honest questions about what bin Laden's death means on both a national and international level. Harrowing in its nearly real-time depiction of the raid on bin Laden's compound, the film left audiences and critics alike shaking in its aftermath.