The film opens on Maya (Jessica Chastain), a young CIA officer, who decided to move to Pakistan to pursue bin Laden. Maya has been assigned to this duty since she joined the CIA out of high school. She is initially disturbed by the techniques used to interrogate terrorism suspects, but quickly adapts and identifies what she thinks is a prominent connection to bin Laden.
The movie, unusually, seems to balance out the good and evil of both terrorists and the CIA.
Bigelow also knows how to bring a sense of realism to war films, using awkwardly long shots of soldiers clumsily breaking into houses. They help her establish a style that has made her one of Hollywood's most respected contemporary directors.
Contains graphic images and adult content.
YP Rating: 4/5