And it only shows up in passing in the last 15 minutes of the movie, ZD30. I was struck by how dense and fast paced the dialogue is and how much real estate the movie covers from Pakistan to Nevada’s Area 51 where the stealthy Black Hawk helicopters are unveiled.
It is being termed an “action thriller”. To me it is a remarkably honest catalog of the decade that led up to the raid. The movie is mired in controversy about torture depiction. Frankly to me, the depiction of Lamborghini and other bribery and of treachery of our “friends” in that part of the world will cause plenty of diplomatic headaches.
I really enjoyed the organizational dynamics and conflicts the movie portrays:
The pressure cooker the intelligence agencies found themselves after a decade of not finding Bin Laden in summarized in a sequence
I want to make something absolutely clear. If you thought there was some working group coming to the rescue well I want you to know that you're wrong. This is it. There is nobody else hidden away on some other floor. There is just us and we are failing. …I want targets. Do your jobs. Bring me people to kill.
The tough decisions agencies have to make where even with tons of technology and human intelligence, no data is ever completely reliable
“There is a 60% probability he is there.”
”a soft 60, sir.
”I know certainty freaks you guys out, but it's a 100.”
The culture of operational silence in the business, and the shocking impact of a sequence when Maya, the central role in the movie, is asked to stay invisible in the back of the room and still chimes in and tells the CIA Director
I'm the motherfucker who found this (hiding) place, sir.
The theater I was in was numb at the end. No cheering for Bin Laden’s death. Frankly more questions of how much was real and how much was Hollywood. To me, though the catalog of the decade after 9/11 from a ground operative level is what makes the movie so chilling and revolting – and so interesting.