Search and Destroy

Kathryn Bigelow re-creates the hunt for Osama bin Laden

Jonathan Olley/Columbia Pictures

Stationed in a covert base overseas, Jessica Chastain (center) plays a member of the elite team of spies and military operatives who secretly devoted themselves to finding Osama Bin Laden in Columbia Pictures' electrifying new thriller directed by Kathryn Bigelow, ZERO DARK THIRTY.

War is a man's game traditionally, and so is moviemaking. But with the Iraq-occupation film The Hurt Locker, Kathryn Bigelow earned her stripes, becoming the first woman to win an Academy Award for Best Director; the film itself won Best Picture. In the riveting new true-life detective story Zero Dark Thirty, Bigelow goes bigger and bolder. She and her Hurt Locker writing partner, Mark Boal, argue that the U.S. battle against al-Qaeda was essentially won by a woman--a CIA analyst named Maya (Jessica Chastain) who spent eight years tracking down the hideout of Osama bin Laden.

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