Tuesday, February 5, 2013
ZERO DARK THIRTY
There was a time when I was known to have a great tolerance for film violence. This one, however, was way over the top and beyond anything I expected. Yes, I was forewarned and prepared for an opening sequence of torture, so I braced myself for that. But then I expected it would provide a "police procedural" plot revealing the 14 years of clever detective work by "Maya" - the government agent expertly portrayed by Jessica Chastain. No way! It was totally violent all the way through. If I had been alone, I would have walked out of the theater. Unfortunately, I had gone with two friends and so I suffered and cringed through the whole thing. We all came out needing tranquilizers! No review, either on line (that I could find) or in the LA Times newspaper mentioned the constant violence throughout. I HATED THIS MOVIE!!! Yes, the acting was worthy, the cinematography excellent, the music good, but yegods and little fishes!!!! I must be getting soft in my old age. I can take a lot of shooting (Remember, I loved "Ganster Squad"), but "Zero Dark thirty" was horrible. I know the Critics raved about it. I was not "entertained."