Zero Dark Thirty Zero Dark Thirty is the controversial 2012 film of the decade-long hunt for the al-Qaeda terrorist leader, Osama bin Laden following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The film follows Maya, a CIA operative whose field assignment is to interrogate prisoners in order to find the whereabouts of al-Qaeda’s leader. She is initially hesitant about using enhanced interrogation techniques in order to retrieve intel from prisoners but later encourages those same torture techniques. For several years, she is single-minded in her pursuit of leads to uncover the location of bin Laden. Finally in 2011, her work pays off and the U.S. SEAL Team Six is sent to either kill or capture him. In Zero Dark Thirty, the director, Katherine Bigelow, used pathos and the screenwriter, Mark Boal used pathos throughout the whole film to capture and maintain the audience’s interest.
The Academy Award winning film for Best Sound Editing was directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by Mark Boal (Oscars). Although directors and screenwriters work unanimously to create movies, the primary author of Zero Dark Thirty was Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty). This is due to the fact that little to none of the characters had fully developed backgrounds and their dialogue did nothing to improve that. “Bigelow herself stated that she wanted a “boots-on-the-ground” experience, and she delivered” (Ellis). The audience got a straightforward feel of what it was like to be a part of the hunt.