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:: Zero Dark Thirty

Zero Dark Thirty is a military term meaning half past midnight - the timing of the actual mission to locate and eliminate the world's most dangerous man, Osama bin Laden. The term also refers to the secrecy that surrounded the decade long mission to track him down. Director Kathryn Bigelow re-teams with her writer/producer from The Hurt Locker to reveal the intricate details behind the gripping chase, culminating with the now infamous raid on May 2, 2011 that ended bin Laden's reign of terror.

The film stars Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton and the late James Gandolfini, Fortunately Bigelow and her team are less concerned with gung-ho heroics than with the minutiae of the ten-year search to find the terrorist mastermind. That might explain the somewhat lukewarm reception to the film in the USA, where it also proved controversial for its waterboarding scenes and a supposed political agenda.