Zero Dark Thirty

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Intelligent, uncompromising drama is violent and complex.

R 2012 157 minutes

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age 16+

Based on 9 reviews

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age 15+

Based on 26 reviews

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age 18+

Zero Dark Thirty is about the dark side of terror and humanity

Zero Dark Thirty is about the dark side of terror and humanity. The film exposes the cruelty of terror and the cruelty required to fight it. The commitment of people dedicated to eradicate horrible humans and the humanity of their friendships and souls are the powerful positive messages. Not for the faint hearted, but so is life!
age 16+


Raw, intricate, nuanced and pragmatic look into the war on terror stripped of politics and ulterior agendas. We see its toll on those involved and the trials and difficulties intelligence workers have to go thru to make breakthroughs even if they have to cross dangerous boundaries. Characters has multiple sides that play into and sometimes against eachother to meet ends. The final manhunt is as engrossing as possible. Scenes of torture are disturbing (even moreso with the grounded depiction of terrorist prisoners) but not pornographically portrayed or even ouright shown. Terror attacks include shooting of people in an embasy with bloody wounds shown but not lingered on. The final stretch shows casualties both hostile and civilian as matter of fact as possible with bloody bools and bodies in the aftermaths. Somewhat frequent F words but its stretched put across 2:30+ hours

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