And, boy does she do drama well in her latest film, Zero Dark Thirty.
Zero Dark Thirty follows Maya (Jessica Chastain), a CIA operative who spends 10 years hunting for Osama bin Laden.
The film begins with an audio recreation of 9/11 and then continues through the 10-year manhunt, which includes the 2005 London bombings, several CIA deaths and, ultimately, ends with the dramatic SEAL Team Six raid.
Chastain gives it her all in her portrayal of Maya. She is the face of the hunt, and over the course of the story we see the toll it takes on her. She gives a masterful performance, and it is the key to not only the emotions of the film, but its larger points.
Although Chastain is the film’s clear star, the movie also has a brilliant supporting cast that includes Kyle Chandler, Jason Clarke, Chris Pratt, Harold Perrineau, Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Ehle, and James Gandolfini.
Zero Dark Thirty is thrilling and just as captivating as Bigelow’s previous one, Hurt Locker, if not more so.
Edited: March 25th, 2013