Zero Dark Thirty accepts the ready prejudices and fears of its American audience and builds up pressure for two hours to prepare the explosion and release of the raid on Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad.” This film builds up its climax through various ways of suspense of how Bin Laden was found and killed. “Zero Dark Thirty tells us that it was done by the torture of detainees; by the collection and deduction of evidence from dossiers, videos, recorded phone calls and intercepted emails; and by tailing couriers.
All of these methods the movie dispassionately records, and it affirms the efficacy of all. The narrative lacks the patience and tightness to illustrate many convincing particulars of the detective work. That it leaves us in the dark, however, is also part of the point