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01-06-2013, 10:27 AM
Saw this movie on Saturday. The national release is next week but I am fortunate to live in one of those "select cities" (Miami)
The movie is well worth the price of admission and is absolutely deserving I the praise. I was on the edge I my seat for the last 40 minutes and I knew how it would end. The hurt locker was great but this movie is better. If you are able to see this one in theaters definitely do so!
01-06-2013, 12:47 PM
Saw it Friday with my daughter. Was riveted the whole way through. It was amazing how much tension they were able to build in the final scene given that we all know how it ends. Jessica Chastain was brilliant, probably the next Streep. Never seen an actress project such brittleness, determination and courage at the same time. The writing was truly brilliant. Might as well call off the original screenplay Oscar for 2014. Boal's going to win it again. I've always liked Kathryn Bigelow, even when she was doing purely escapist action stuff. Loved Strange Days. It's great to see her hitting her stride in her sixties. Liked Hurt Locker, but this is the best work of her career.
My daughter loved it. She's pretty jaded, plus she's a film major. Might have helped that she didn't follow the news stories as closely as I did, so there was a lot more suspense for her.
It was interesting hearing her talk about the story with her generation's perspective on 9/11. She was in first grade when it happened and it was quite traumatizing for her and her twin brother knowing that my brother was in the Pentagon. The entire story plays out from that time to her junior year in high school, which is most of her life.
01-06-2013, 08:18 PM
looking forward to seeing it.....thanks for the review!
01-06-2013, 08:21 PM
01-06-2013, 10:10 PM
It's a bit challenging, definitely not for everyone. There's a lot of intense interrogation scenes and of tedious spy-craft details. The hardest part is seeing them get distracted by false intel and then watch the results play out. But that's why the ending is so satisfying.
If this character was for real, she is the most heroic figure of our time. Everybody was running in the one wrong direction or dealing with the wrong set of assumptions. She had her hunches from the beginning and they were all correct. Everyone doubted her until the final stages of the operation. I doubt the real agent was actually a frail, fair skinned redhead, but that was the only way to cast her.
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