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"I'm the MF who found the place"
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on March 25, 2013
First off, I never rate movies based on 100% historical accuracy. That just doesn't happen in Hollywood movies; PERIOD! Some may come close, but Hollywood dramatization ALWAYS inevitably overrides facts, so I rate movies based on entertainment value ALONE and NOTHING else.
Secondly, I hate it when people leave 1-star ratings based on Amazon viewing problems in place of an actual review of the movie. Those ratings are an unfair representation of the movie, as opposed to an indicator of how good or bad the movie may actually be, and can deter potential viewers from watching. There IS a "feedback" feature that you can correspond with Amazon through in regards to such people, and they are very good about refunding your money when problems are incurred!
Now for the movie review. This was not the greatest movie, but it was not a bad movie, and I ended up liking it. Based on some of the reviews, I thought the torture scenes would be extremely disturbing to watch, but I actually found the scenes depicting such to be rather brief and, although uncomfortable at the worst, very mild compared to many, many, much, much worse depictions (refer to the TV series "24"); these were a cake-walk. I don't get how many reviewers believe this movie takes the stance that "torture" is an effective tool either. I've never been a member of the military, nor CIA, so I have no idea what or even IF any such method IS effective or not, and we certainly can't count on either of them to tell us if it actually is ISN'T. Even if the director was "taking a stance", I could care less, but she only hinted at both sides of the issue; barely and very briefly mentioned from the viewpoint of the interrogators as opposed to Obama's stance. On that basis, I can't buy that this movie was simply a "propaganda" ploy against "torture" based on such either. It's just a MOVIE, and this one is simply about the very strong convictions of ONE WOMAN who was determined to find the MOST WANTED MAN IN THE WORLD!!! I have read a few articles that claim the character "Maya" is based on a real-life female CIA agent who was integral to this mission. However, who really knows if that's true or not or just how integral she was? I highly doubt that any government agency will EVER confirm such. There were some details in the movie with parts that contained actual audio, recordings, and new's coverage clips from around 9/11, and in subsequent years, some of which were heart-breakingly sad, and others which were enlightening, therefore interesting to me; as I'd not seen or heard about them previously. I thought the movie did a good job of depicting how utterly and painstakingly tedious it had to be to gather reliable data, as well as how integral every person involved was in gathering any and all of that data and following every lead to attain possible "targets" for interrogation in gaining any useful knowledge necessary to finding UBL; which was in no way, shape, or form because of the work of one woman here; surely it took thousands just to intercept & decipher the sheer volume of "white noise" between other agencies, countries, &/or Al-Qaeda communications, and to sift through all tips received for years after 9/11; despite Chastain being presented as THE driving force and ultimate "hero". If she is based on a real person, however, I wish I had been her. I mean hey....leave it to a woman to search to the ends of the earth and never stop until she's found the man who's really pissed her off or hurt one of her babies, and I know I would've done the same were I in her shoes. However, I found Chastain's (who I'd never seen nor even heard of before but who's acting ability is undeniably good) character "Maya" to be somewhat too serious to the point of being bland, and reserved or guarded thus less stoic than I'd expect, therefore not all too believable as a heroic CIA agent, for about the the first hour or more. Then her much feistier, absolutely determined, side finally erupted and Chastain was in her element. My favorite line from her was "I'm the MF who found the place" in response to Gandolfini's character; then later "One hundred percent in that building; ok...95% sure, cuz I know 100% freaks you guys out." The movie did drag on a great deal in that previous hour or more though (actually kept checking to see how much time was left in the movie - and it's a long one - wondering if it was EVER going to get more promising or end with an explosive climax or not). Then finally, sadly after the loss of a colleague, things started to become more intense, which is when Chastain's character really took on a whole new life. The story was a very good one, though, and AGAIN if even anywhere near factual, probably a historically important movie for everyone to see; although a "factual" documentary would suffice for that purpose, and you could just let this be a good movie to watch as it was entertaining enough for me to bear with and end up enjoying! This was the 2nd of all the movies nominated for Oscars that I've viewed. "Argo" was the first, and I still stand behind my opinion that Ben Affleck and his co-producers deserved the Oscar for it. It was much better paced, and even if not 100% historically accurate (which many reviewers of it found fault with too; nag, nag, nag), it was a great story "based on real events" most of which WAS factually accurate (despite an "unrealistic" scene at the end which I personally thought was very entertaining and added to the suspense despite knowing what the outcome was going to be, contained great humor, was well acted by all, and very intense throughout. I, sadly, did not feel that same intensity throughout this movie as I expected to, so that was somewhat of a let-down. Overall, though, I recommend watching this movie if you don't go into thinking it's gonna be 100% historically accurate, action-packed from start to finish, or very intense throughout; as well as if you're not an amateur critic who feels compelled to over-analyze and tear down every aspect of a movie with descriptions that make you sound like a 2nd or 3rd year drama school student and in terms that I honestly don't even understand or care about, or if your political views run so deeply you can't actually enjoy a simple movie ;)