Latest Lifestyle

Latest from Lifestyle

January 15, 2019

Ringing in the New Year in Havana, Cuba

by Jack Witt
January 10, 2019

The One New Year’s Resolution You Need to Make

by Cassandra Appleby
January 09, 2019

Puppy Training Time!

by Bethany Wilson
January 07, 2019

Handling Market Volatility

by Lillian Appleby
January 03, 2019

Your FREE Angel Card Reading - January 2019

by Annmari Love
December 31, 2018

What does fast food do to my body?

by Connor Coman
December 28, 2018

Free Monthly Horoscopes - January 2019 - Capricorn

by Maya White
December 21, 2018

FFF - Fabulous Faux Fur

by Mia
December 18, 2018

Anne Frank Inspirations for a Peaceful 2019

by Ask AC
December 17, 2018

2018 Holiday Décor

by Christopher Porikos
December 13, 2018

Teaching Your College-Age Child about Money

by Lillian Appleby
December 12, 2018

“Haiku Your Way to Body Positivity”

by Cassandra Appleby
December 03, 2018

Free Angel Card Reading for December

by Annmari Love
November 29, 2018

What Is Dollar-Cost Averaging?

by Lillian Appleby
November 27, 2018

A Trip to Egypt - Nothing Compares

by Jack Witt
November 16, 2018

Thanksgiving Made Healthy

by Connor Coman
November 16, 2018

Ask AC - Family Holiday Harmony

by Ask AC
November 12, 2018

Geometric Design is More Than You Might Think

by Christopher Porikos
Tuesday, 15 January 2013 07:54

Movie Review >> Zero Dark Thirty, The Guilt Trip

Written by
Rate this item
(6 votes)

zero-dark-thirty__121106175531.jpg - 42.65 Kb

Kathryn Bigelow’s gripping Zero Dark Thirty portrays the search for Osama Bin Laden in the aftermath of 9/11, through the eyes of a determined, young, lone-wolf CIA officer (Jessica Chastain)-- and the movie pulls no punches.

It begins in Pakistan as Maya accompanies Dan (an excellent Jason Clarke) on a fierce interrogation of a prisoner who may have vital information pertaining to the terrorists.  The movie has generated some heat in its depiction of the interrogators’ controversial methods (involving waterboarding) and while these techniques may be difficult to watch, they are powerful---and within the context of the movie— in light of certain results-- shown to be a necessary means to an end.  To the film’s credit, these scenes manage to humanize both the prisoner and his interrogators. (I’m writing this on the day the Academy Award nominations were announced, and while no list of nominees is ever perfect, I can’t help but feel that the Supporting Actor list should have included Jason Clarke.  Clarke’s complex portrayal of Dan’s growing ambivalence, even as he continues to employ questionable, even distasteful techniques, is one of the best, understated pieces of acting I’ve seen this year).

Mark Boal’s fine screenplay for Zero Dark Thirty painstakingly charts the steps, miscalculations, confrontations, missed opportunities, betrayals, and small victories that marked the exhaustive hunt for Bin Laden.  Explosive bursts of violence also bring home the ruthlessness of the terrorist forces, and the mortal danger faced by the pursuers. We see how technology is an asset, but also dependent on the human eye to interpret what might otherwise be difficult to see. Jessica Chastain’s Maya (a focused, nuanced, intense performance—perhaps her best yet) has to deal with institutional hierarchy and occasional organizational incompetence as she tries to capitalize on whatever leads she can find. When Maya finally locates her man--and manages to secure a Special Ops force--the resultant raid is far unlike what you might encounter in, say, an entertaining macho fantasy like The Dirty Dozen or The Expendables. It is a no-nonsense, methodical, graphic sequence brilliantly orchestrated by the director Bigelow (similarly deprived of an Oscar nomination) and a fitting climax to a powerful film.

the-guilt-trip_movie_mrp.jpg - 282.96 Kb

On a lighter note…The Guilt Trip is a very enjoyable ride across America in the company of two likable performers: Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen.  They play mother (widowed, clingy) and son (scientist, inventor and would-be pitchman) on a cross-country journey in hopes of financial salvation—(Rogen’s scientist has created and heavily invested in a cleaning product—if he can only get some major company to buy it) and emotional closure (in the form of reuniting Mama Streisand with a long-ago lover).  Rogen and Streisand have a nice chemistry, there are some genuinely funny sequences, and some lovely, touching moments.  I must admit I was a little wary about taking this Trip, but I’m feeling no Guilt about it. Their bumpy ride provides a very smooth entertainment.

Read 4539 times Last modified on Tuesday, 15 January 2013 08:01
Mike Peros

Mike Peros is an author whose new book, DAN DURYEA - HEEL WITH A HEART, the first biography of classic Hollywood's iconic villain, was recently published by the University Press of Mississippi.  He is  also an educator with a passion for movies ever since he saw John Wayne riding toward the bad guys, reins between his teeth, in TRUE GRIT.  Some of his favorite films include THE BAND WAGON, THE WILD BUNCH, OUT OF THE PAST, THE SILENT PARTNER, IT'S ALWAYS FAIR WEATHER ( a great musical--if you're a Gene Kelly fan, what are you waiting for?), and KONGA with the great Michael Gough.

Leave a comment

Do you have an event, video or news to share?  Drop us an email and you may see it on NoHoArtsDistrict.com