This movie is a dramatized version of the search for and execution of Osama bin Ladin, the man who, among other atrocities, claimed ultimate responsibility for the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, New York. The movie garnered a host of Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, and won the Academy Award for Best Sound Editing.
Although the real-life manhunt for Osama bin Ladin involved hundreds of intelligence personnel, the movie version pares this down to a single CIA operative named Maya (Jessica Chastain). Maya has spent her entire brief career searching for Osama bin Ladin, and, as the movie opens, she is living in Pakistan where she accompanies a fellow operative during regular interrogations of a detainee with suspected ties to 9/11 hijackers. These interrogations involve waterboarding and sleep deprivation among other brutal techniques, but eventually the detainee reveals vital information that will lead the U.S. military directly to bin Ladin’s doorstep.
I found this movie to be very compelling and engaging, and it made me think about how much manpower, skill, and intelligence went into tracking down a single, albeit very elusive man.