Jessica Chastain joins Kathryn Bigelow to further delve into the contradictions of the fight against terrorism following the hunt for Osama Bin Laden.
Ruled out that commercial cinema in the USA can be radically critical of its institutions, beyond specific denunciations of its aspects that do not work, let us, however, stay with those proposals that are limited to keeping records of their actions, starting with the most punishable. And if they do it from a strict observational position, the better. This is The Darkest Night: the literal chronicle of the CIA’s actions in the capture of Osama bin Laden. Exhaustive, relentless, rigorous in most of the footage; stripped of any tear nuance. Leaving it to be the spectator who, in the end, sets the scale of values with which he must judge what is proposed to him.
The speech, assembled from a relentless forward and backward narrative mechanism, is articulated from an apparently weak character, an agency analyst who in the second sequence we see attend a harsh torture session. But which time shields against any empathic temptation… which makes it unusually cold in our eyes. Ultimately, what interests the intelligent Bigelow is less about how Bin Laden was hunted (illegally), and more about the traumatic imprint that the process leaves on its protagonist. Thus, the last shot, exemplary, gives more clues about what the film is really about than the rest of its exciting, torrential footage.
For fans of history and narrative tour de force
Address: Kathryn Bigelow Distribution: Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Ehle, Mark Strong, Kyle Chandler Country: USA Year: 2012 Release date: 04-01-2013 Gender: Action Screenplay: Mark Boal Duration: 157min
Synopsis: After the 9/11 attacks, the US secret services began a mission with a clear objective: to hunt down Osama bin Laden, the leader of the terrorist organization al-Qaeda. After ten years of chasing him, on the night of May 1, 2011, a team of Navy SEALs carried out an operation that shook the world.