The 2012 film “Zero Dark Thirty” focuses on the decade-long hunt for Al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. In the film, a fictitious female operative Maya (Jessica Chastain) proves to be an instrumental component in finding his location. In May 2011, Navy SEALs launched a nighttime raid, successfully killing bin Laden in his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
Below are the top scenes from the film:
In this scene, viewers take a closer look at the CIA and how they went about tracking Osama bin Laden. When they come to believe that bin Laden is living in Pakistan, they discover that the Pakistani Military Academy is only a mile away from the fortress they believe is hosting him. Maya, taking a big step up for her role in the investigation, corrects the distance of the academy from the fortress, and announces to the officials, “I’m the motherf***er that found this place.”
The team arrives at Area-51 CIA black site to meet with Seal Team Six and brief them on their most recent findings of bin Laden. The scene is one of the most significant of the film because Maya informs the team that bin Laden has been located and they will be tasked to kill him.
In this scene, the mental and emotional impact the terrorist acts of bin Laden and Al-Qaeda on Americans has come to light during a CIA meeting. The moment is raw and intense as George (Mark Strong) expresses his frustration over the insufficient actions taken to eliminate the terrorists.
This is by far the most important scene in the movie, as it is the moment that Seal Team six kills Osama bin Laden. The most important quote from the film is located in this scene, when the team reports: “Geronimo…For God and Country, Geronimo…”
This scene shows the after-effects of bin Laden’s killing when Seal Team Six carries his lifeless body to the base. Maya does the honor of confirming bin Laden’s death since she is the head of the mission. The scene is extremely emotional not only for America, but for Maya herself, after her hard work and dedication have now come to a successful end.