This film shows the years long hunt for Osama Bin Laden. It opens with 911 calls from the Twin Towers and then quickly moves a few years ahead showing scenes of unpleasant interrogation techniques of the Americans.
We mostly follow the determined Maya, a young woman convinced that she is going to find Bin Laden. We all know eventually this succeeds, but “Zero Dark Thirty” shows to what lengths especially the CIA had to go for that. We see secret prisons, extreme interrogations, Afghan and Pakistan life and terrorists doing their thing.
The film is quite intense and especially the last scenes are quite tense. Not a pleasant watch, but an apparently good take on a famous part of recent history.