Saturday, January 12, 2013


The movie’s title is military-jargon for some unspecified time when it’s dark, either very late at night or very early in the morning. It is somewhat equivalent to “the wee small hours of the morning”.

A black project is a highly classified military or national security undertaking. Its existence is not acknowledged by government, military personnel nor by defence contractors. The location where it takes place is referred to as a black site.

ISI is the intelligence agency of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

UBL refers to the al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden

Jason Clarke: Dan, a CIA interrogator in Pakistan
Jessica Chastain: Maya, a young CIA recruit
Kyle Chandler: CIA station chief Joseph Bradley
Jennifer Ehle: Maya’s friend and fellow CIA officer Jessica
Mark Strong: CIA Langley boss George
James Gandolfini: CIA Director

This fact based movie chronicles the decade long hunt for Osama bin Laden following the destruction of the World Trade Center twin towers in 2001. Unlike most Hollywood productions, this one is matter-of-fact without the usual over-the-top embellishment. Consequently some will find the true-to-life “enhanced interrogation techniques” (torture by any other name) of bin Laden’s nephew repugnant and will have to avert their eyes.

At times the dialogue will be incomprehensible to most everyone because it is spoken so rapidly, replete with CIA jargon and the suspect’s names are so similar it gets confusing. But the gist of it becomes apparent later.

There are any number of fine performances but that of Jessica Chastain is simply outstanding. The production values are first rate with great attention to detail making it seem more like a documentary than just another movie.

 for strong violence including brutal disturbing images and for language.

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