Early critical buzz has Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty in the lead for a Best Picture Academy Award. I don’t necessarily agree with that, but Jessica Chastain surely deserves some recognition for her role in the film. She is essentially Homeland‘s Carrie Mathison without the mental illness, a tough, principled, persistent CIA agent with a killer instinct in this film about the intelligence community in the days leading up to the discovery and death of Osama (Usama) bin Laden (Ladin).
I have no doubt that in Zero Dark Thirty, as in Ben Affleck’s earlier Argo, the truth was … stretched … to fill the narrative, but this was an interesting and mostly compelling (albeit a bit too long) film that I felt was better than Bigelow’s previous effort, The Hurt Locker.
Jason Clarke, Jennifer Ehle and John Barrowman round out a wonderful supporting cast, but this is Chastain’s film, and I suspect, her awards season.