Today’s Cinema Society screening was the latest film from the Oscar-winning team that brought us “The Hurt Locker,” screenwriter Mark Boal and director-producer Kathryn Bigelow. It chronicles in docu-drama style the 10-year hunt for Osama bin Laden from the point of view of a young female CIA operative played convincingly by Jessica Chastain. The fact that it’s based closely on the true story and on real government agents makes it that much more compelling.
Yes, it opens with torture. And yes, it climaxes with the raid on bin Laden’s compound and his capture. (I actually teared up when the Navy SEAL soldier said “Geranimo” to indicate that they got their man. How can you not?) And yes, it’s 2 1/2 hours long and there was a section in the middle of the movie that could have used some judicious editing. But what a story. And how refreshing to have it told in a way that felt “All the President’s Men” journalistic, instead of fist-pumping jingoistic. Well done and highly recommended.
Boal and Bigelow came for the Q&A following the screening and discussed the challenges of shooting the film, the casting of Chastain, the effort to tell the story in a non-politicized way. I was so impressed with Bigelow in particular. She’s been able to accomplish so much, despite being a woman in a male-dominated profession. Bravo to her.