History Film / ZeroDarkThirty

10th Aug '17 6:26:47 PM Tuckerscreator
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* RuleOfPerception: During the climactic raid, Pakistani civilians neighboring the compound start to approach in curiosity. The SEAL team's translator tries to warn them off in ([[RealityHasNoSubtitles untranslated]]) Arabic, but to no avail. It's not until he cries out "Get away! They will kill you!" in English that the civilians stop, because this is an English-speaking movie.
8th Aug '17 9:23:02 AM JamesAustin
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''Zero Dark Thirty'' is a military thriller directed by Creator/KathrynBigelow [[BasedOnATrueStory based on the true story]] of the 10-year hunt for UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden. It follows Maya (Creator/JessicaChastain), a CIA operative whose single-minded dedication to and confidence in her mission to find Bin Laden helped propel the hunt forward, even when people started to give up. The film also stars Creator/JasonClarke, Creator/JoelEdgerton, Creator/MarkStrong, Jennifer Ehle, Kyle Chandler, Edgar Ramirez, Creator/HaroldPerrineau, Creator/ChrisPratt, Creator/StephenDillane, Creator/JohnBarrowman and James Gandolfini.

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''Zero Dark Thirty'' is a military thriller directed by Creator/KathrynBigelow [[BasedOnATrueStory based on the true story]] of the 10-year hunt for UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden. It follows Maya (Creator/JessicaChastain), a CIA operative whose single-minded dedication to and confidence in her mission to find Bin Laden helped propel the hunt forward, even when people started to give up. The film also stars Creator/JasonClarke, Creator/JoelEdgerton, Creator/MarkStrong, Jennifer Ehle, Kyle Chandler, Creator/KyleChandler, Edgar Ramirez, Creator/HaroldPerrineau, Creator/ChrisPratt, Creator/StephenDillane, Creator/JohnBarrowman and James Gandolfini.



* Main/{{Area 51}}: Where they see the secret stealth Blackhawk helicopters used in the raid. Notable in being one of the very-very few visits to Area 51 in a film where aliens aren't involved at all - even as an in-joke or an aside.

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* Main/{{Area 51}}: Area51: Where they see the secret stealth Blackhawk helicopters used in the raid. Notable in being one of the very-very few visits to Area 51 in a film where aliens aren't involved at all - even as an in-joke or an aside.
5th Aug '17 1:08:04 AM DevinMeenan
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* OnlyOneName: The characters lucky enough to get names at all don't have their surnames revealed. Likely intentional to reflect the anonymity of those involved in the operations.
9th May '17 11:25:26 PM Blackie62
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* Main/{{Area 51}}: Where they see the helicopters. Notable in being one of the very-very few visits to Area 51 in a film where aliens aren't involved at all - even as an in-joke or an aside.

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* Main/{{Area 51}}: Where they see the helicopters.secret stealth Blackhawk helicopters used in the raid. Notable in being one of the very-very few visits to Area 51 in a film where aliens aren't involved at all - even as an in-joke or an aside.
8th Jan '17 10:41:09 AM Apoz
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->''"I'm going to smoke everyone involved in this op and then I'm going kill bin Laden."''

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->''"I'm going to smoke everyone involved in this op and then I'm going to kill bin Laden."''
19th Oct '16 11:12:15 AM baseoaces
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** We see Dan in the CIA headquarters ask help from a top CIA official to bust an Islamist network. The official is previously seen conducting a Muslim prayer in his office. This is fact: the CIA official converted to Islam during the manhunt.

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** We see Dan in the CIA headquarters ask help from a top CIA official to bust an Islamist network. The official is previously seen conducting a Muslim prayer in his office. This is fact: the CIA official converted to Islam during the manhunt.after he married a Muslim woman (although a Washington Post article about him specifically notes he does not keep a prayer rug in his office).
29th Apr '16 2:13:42 AM SuckerPerpetrator
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* ShownTheirWork: Particularly notable when compared to the director's other work, [[{{Film/TheHurtLocker}} Critical Research Failure: The Movie]]
18th Feb '16 6:40:12 PM TheJrade1
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* LoudOfWar: This is one of Dan's many torture methods. He leaves hard rock music at a very high volume all night inside Ammar's cell.

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* LoudOfWar: This is one of Dan's many torture methods.methods, one of the few portrayed that is in actual use. He leaves hard rock music at a very high volume all night inside Ammar's cell.



* ShownTheirWork: Particularly dramatic when compared to the director's other work, [[{{Film/TheHurtLocker}} Critical Research Failure: The Movie]]

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* ShownTheirWork: Particularly dramatic notable when compared to the director's other work, [[{{Film/TheHurtLocker}} Critical Research Failure: The Movie]]



* TortureAlwaysWorks: A lot can, and has, been written about whether the film uses this trope. The filmmakers insist the film depicts torture as ineffective, but too many people to ignore have come away from it saying the opposite of this. The point of the torture scenes in the film is really part of a morality play: "Is Maya justified using any means necessary to find Osama bin Laden?" The fact that [[{{https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waterboarding}} less dramatic torture techniques]] were used in a smaller number of instances they were actually employed in the actual pursuit of bin Laden is largely ignored in favor of portraying a more obvious/ham-handed morality play. And for a concrete answer, [[spoiler:the information that comes on Abu Ahmed is from a non-torture questioning of a militant by the Pakistani government, and overlooked files that shed light on the fact that Abu Ahmed might be another person. The extended torture in the beginning led to nothing, as all it does is lead to a snapped detainee screaming incoherently (and leads to a terror attack that wasn't stopped) and information that is next-to-useless.]]

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* TortureAlwaysWorks: A lot can, and has, been written about whether the film uses this trope. The filmmakers insist the film depicts torture as ineffective, but too many people to ignore have come away from it saying the opposite of this. The point of the torture scenes in the film is really part of a morality play: "Is Maya justified using any means necessary to find Osama bin Laden?" The fact that [[{{https://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waterboarding}} org/wiki/Waterboarding less dramatic torture techniques]] were used in a smaller number of instances they were actually employed in the actual pursuit of bin Laden is largely ignored in favor of portraying a more obvious/ham-handed morality play. And for a concrete answer, [[spoiler:the information that comes on Abu Ahmed is from a non-torture questioning of a militant by the Pakistani government, and overlooked files that shed light on the fact that Abu Ahmed might be another person. The extended torture in the beginning led to nothing, as all it does is lead to a snapped detainee screaming incoherently (and leads to a terror attack that wasn't stopped) and information that is next-to-useless.]]
18th Feb '16 6:31:15 PM TheJrade1
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* TortureAlwaysWorks: A lot can, and has, been written about whether the film uses this trope. The filmmakers insist the film depicts torture as ineffective, but too many people to ignore have come away from it saying the opposite of this. The point of the torture scenes in the film is really part of a morality play: "Is Maya justified using any means necessary to find Osama bin Laden?" And for a concrete answer, [[spoiler:the information that comes on Abu Ahmed is from a non-torture questioning of a militant by the Pakistani government, and overlooked files that shed light on the fact that Abu Ahmed might be another person. The extended torture in the beginning led to nothing, as all it does is lead to a snapped detainee screaming incoherently (and leads to a terror attack that wasn't stopped) and information that is next-to-useless.]]

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* TortureAlwaysWorks: A lot can, and has, been written about whether the film uses this trope. The filmmakers insist the film depicts torture as ineffective, but too many people to ignore have come away from it saying the opposite of this. The point of the torture scenes in the film is really part of a morality play: "Is Maya justified using any means necessary to find Osama bin Laden?" The fact that [[{{https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waterboarding}} less dramatic torture techniques]] were used in a smaller number of instances they were actually employed in the actual pursuit of bin Laden is largely ignored in favor of portraying a more obvious/ham-handed morality play. And for a concrete answer, [[spoiler:the information that comes on Abu Ahmed is from a non-torture questioning of a militant by the Pakistani government, and overlooked files that shed light on the fact that Abu Ahmed might be another person. The extended torture in the beginning led to nothing, as all it does is lead to a snapped detainee screaming incoherently (and leads to a terror attack that wasn't stopped) and information that is next-to-useless.]]
18th Feb '16 6:10:57 PM TheJrade1
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* ShownTheirWork: Particularly dramatic when compared to the director's other work, [[{{Film/HurtLocker}} Critical Research Failure: The Movie]]

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* ShownTheirWork: Particularly dramatic when compared to the director's other work, [[{{Film/HurtLocker}} [[{{Film/TheHurtLocker}} Critical Research Failure: The Movie]]
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