Director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal reunite following the Oscar success of The Hurt Locker, and they're back on winning form. A story of revenge? A story of obsession? A story of resilience? Zero Dark Thirty can be viewed as many things.
This is the story of the 10 year hunt for Usama Bin Laden following the 9/11 attacks on America. It's a story where everyone knows the ending, yet it never fails to keep you engrossed for the entire two and a half hour run time. Extremely controversial upon its theatrical release, many people were shocked and labelled it as "pro torture". Far too much was made of this rather than focussing on what makes this movie such a tour de force.
It serves as a great companion piece to the Hurt Locker in terms of artistic style and this familiarity is welcoming because it can at times appear hard to follow with name after name being thrown at you within the opening half an hour, and it will rely on you having some understanding of the story as very little exposition is provided. "What follows is based on actual events" appears at the start and realism is the key to its success, the performances are strikingly real, with Jessica Chastain fully deserving of her Oscar nomination. In fact the entire cast are on top form.
Some people will say its too wordy or information overload but if you stay the course and give it the attention it deserves you will be rewarded with a thoroughly engrossing, intelligently written and wonderfully executed espionage thriller of extreme significance.
Top rate filmmaking.
Sony Pictures have granted this movie with an MPEG-4 AVC encoded, 1.85:1 framed, 1080p transfer onto a 50GB Blu-ray disc of reference quality.
The film was shot using the Arri Alexa digital camera and the resultant images are some of the finest available on Blu-ray. Sony Pictures have once again come up trumps with yet another stunning release.
Every aspect of this discs presentation is a resounding A plus. Colours are naturally vibrant yet never appear over saturated. Blacks and darks are inky and rich with excellent delineation. Contrast is spot on and skin tones are strikingly accurate.
Detail and texturing are lifelike. The image at times is staggering with pin sharp clarity and incredible depth.
We suffer no issues with over compression, no digital artefacts and no digital enhancements, just a picture to die for. Stunning.
The audio must also get a mention too as its one of the best you will find on the Blu-ray market.
THIS DISC IS REFERENCE QUALITY
Movie 5/5 Transfer 5/5
Only the limited extra's let this down. Massively recommended.