Zero Dark Thirty gets five Academy Award nominations

By Curtis J Phillipszero-dark-thirty1

In 2010 Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman in Oscar history to win the Best Director award with the war drama The Hurt Locker, which also won Best Picture.

She beat out that year James Cameron, her ex-husband, who had brought us the magic of Avatar.

Well, the statuesque 5-foot-11 1/2 Bigelow will walk the red carpet again this year as her directed Zero Dark Thirty has managed to get five Academy Award nominations – including Best Picture – for the upcoming 85th Academy Awards.

It is also in the running against eight other movies for Best Picture.

To be honest, Zero Dark Thirty, in my humble opinion, just does not cut the mustard gas.

At 157-minutes, the chronicling of the decade-long hunt and eventual death of Osama Bin Laden was simply too boring, too confusing.

We all know the ending. Bin Laden is killed May 2011 by an NAVY Seal Team 6.

In this dramatization we are introduced to CIA operative Maya, played by Jessica Chastain, who joins the ranks of fellow agents, who behind closed doors interrogate prisoners with possible al-Qaeda ties.

The first part of the movie focuses on these torture scenes, although not too graphic, but still unsettling for some viewers.

We then fast forward through the middle part of the movie, which is supposed to be the meat; instead it is just an appetizer showing us the behind-the-scenes networks and investigations trying to find Bin Laden.

It is during this time frame that we lose contact with the main characters as new individuals pop in and out with quick cameo spots. Any character development up to this point simply halts and falls flat.

Who is who? What is what? Too many facts, figures and faces.

Maya is the only constant in the show and that is not great for any flick unless of course you are watching a movie like Cast Away.

The last part of Zero Dark Thirty is the actual assault on Bin Laden’s compound.

No sugar coating here folks.

Even though some of the casualties are obviously dead, the NAVY Seals pump a few more bullets into them to make sure. Found this senseless.

No romancing the acts of war or terrorism or depicting a fun job with the CIA.

Basic facts. Basic movie.

Great editing, sound and music though.

Out of five on the J. Edgar Hoover scale we give this a three.

See you on the silver screen.