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Zero Dark Thirty (2013)



Critic Consensus: Gripping, suspenseful, and brilliantly crafted, Zero Dark Thirty dramatizes the hunt for Osama bin Laden with intelligence and an eye for detail.

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For a decade, an elite team of intelligence and military operatives, working in secret across the globe, devoted themselves to a single goal: to find and eliminate Osama bin Laden. Zero Dark Thirty reunites the Oscar winning team of director-producer Kathryn Bigelow and writer-producer Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) for the story of history's greatest manhunt for the world's most dangerous man. -- (C) Official Site

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Joel Edgerton
as Patrick - Squadron Team Leader
Edgar Ramirez
as Larry From Ground Branch
Kyle Chandler
as Joseph Bradley
Chris Pratt
as Justin - DEVGRU
James Gandolfini
as CIA Director
Frank Grillo
as Squadron Commanding Officer
Nash Edgerton
as Nate - DEVGRU EOD
Wahab Sheikh
as Detainee on Monitor
Alexander Karim
as Detainee on Monitor
Nabil Elouahabi
as Detainee on Monitor
Aymen Hamdouchi
as Detainee on Monitor
Simon Abkarian
as Detainee on Monitor
Ali Marhyar
as Interrogator on Monitor
Parker Sawyers
as Interrogator on Monitor
Akin Gazi
as Interrogator on Monitor
Derek Siow
as Interrogator on Monitor
Mohammad K.
as Cargo Ship Detainee
Henry Garrett
as Bagram Guard
Homayoun Ershadi
as Hassan Ghul
Darshan Aulakh
as Pakistani Detention Center Guard
Navdeep Singh
as Faraj Courier
Yoav Levi
as Abu Faraj Al-Libbi
Sukhdeep Singh
as Pakistani Guard at Marriott
Musa Sattari
as Humam Khalil Al-Balawi
David Menkin
as Case Officer
Julian Lewis Jones
as Blackwater Guard
Christian Contreras
as CIA Security
Zachary Becker
as Embassy Tech
Fredric Lehne
as The Wolf
Ashraf Telfah
as Kuwaiti Businessman
Jonathan Olley
as Tech from Ground Branch
Ben Lambert
as N.S.A. Tech
Manraaj Singh
as Rawal Caller
Tushaar Mehra
as Abu Ahmed
Daniel Lapaine
as Tim - Station Chief
Udayan Baijal
as Guard at Maya's Apartment
Stephen Dillane
as National Security Advisor
John Schwab
as Deputy National Security Advisor
Martin Delaney
as Assistant to National Security Advisor
Nabil Koni
as Pakistani Doctor
Antony Edridge
as General in Hangar
Jeff Mash
as Deputy Director of C.I.A.
Taylor Kinney
as Jared - DEVGRU
Callan Mulvey
as Saber - DEVGRU
Siaosi Fonua
as Henry - DEVGRU
Phil Somerville
as Phil - DEVGRU
Mike Colter
as Mike - DEVGRU
Brett Praed
as DEVGRU Operator
Aron Eastwood
as DEVGRU Operator
Heemi Browstow
as DEVGRU Operator
Chris Scarf
as DEVGRU Operator
Barrie Rice
as DEVGRU Operator
Rob Young
as DEVGRU Operator
Spencer Coursen
as DEVGRU Operator
Chris Perry
as DEVGRU Operator
Alex Corbet Burcher
as DEVGRU Operator
Robert Eastman
as DEVGRU Operator
Tim Martin
as DEVGRU Operator
Mitchell Hall
as DEVGRU Operator
as DEVGRU Operator
Christopher Stanley
as Admiral Bill McCraven
Hadeel Shqair
as Abu Ahmed's Wife
Nour Alkawaja
as Abrar's Wife
Malika Sayed
as UBL Wife
Rida Siham
as UBL Wife
Moula Mounia
as UBL Wife
Zalfa Seurat
as UBL Wife
Mark Valley
as C-130 Pilot
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Critic Reviews for Zero Dark Thirty

All Critics (303) | Top Critics (74)

[Zero Dark Thirty] is one of the great cinematic procedurals ever made.

April 25, 2020 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

When it comes to establishing and maintaining tension, there wasn't a better American genre picture released this year. Refrain from viewing it as historical record and you won't leave disappointed.

October 28, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

... it is Chastain's performance, as restrained as it is powerful, that may just be the cherry atop this massive and meticulous film.

September 7, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

This doesn't zip along in the manner of typical Hollywood entertainment but it's memorable cinema with a finale that will stay with you long after viewing.

September 1, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A great American film: complicated, nuanced, searching, piercing, difficult - and yet thrilling and satisfying all the same.

June 21, 2016 | Full Review…

Zero Dark Thirty is a magnificent movie, if we ignore the moral ambiguities. But can we?

April 6, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Zero Dark Thirty


Seems like one of the most anticipated and best movie of 2012 is one of the movies that i didnt enjoy! For me although there was alot going on, action and fantastic acting there just didnt seem to moving and i felt bored throughout the movie. Majorly disappointed may watch again with lower expectations!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

Some of the dialogue may be a bit repetitious, but Bigelow's direction is very effective and she knows how to maintain a constant level of nerve-racking tension in this descriptive (and essentially objective) account of a historical operation whose end is already known.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


What defines this film is its controversial depiction of torture,but what it unearths is much more harrowing and heroic than terrifying. The story revolves around CIA agent Maya, who aims to finish a decades long manhunt for Osama bin Laden while stationed in Pakistan, starting in 2003. Critics are inarguably split on whether they believe the torture depicted in this film is shown as essential in the capture of wanted terrorists, or an accurate portrayal of torture tactics in all their inhumane glory. The characters in the film certainly feel that torturing detainees helps in the process, but it's left vague whether the filmmaker supports this tactic. The story is entertaining on its own merit, helped by the ferocious performance of Chastain, and the unraveling of the mystery right before our eyes. The intricacy of bin Laden's extraction at the hands of the Navy SEAL team was especially interesting to watch, and was supposedly very truthful in its depiction. There's an emotional component for anyone imbibed in post-9/11 dialogue, but there's also entertainment in the planning and investigation behind the scenes.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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