This movie comes with a tornado of controversy surrounding it. People have accused the film of being propaganda created and released in a calculated effort to aid in Barack Obama’s re-election. On the other side of the aisle, critics are claiming the film is 'pro-torture,' supporting the most extreme methods of interrogation. Is it? I don’t know. What I do know is that this thriller about the decade-long manhunt for Osama Bin Laden is one of the most intense, gripping films I have seen in a while.

Maya (Jessica Chastain) begins her fledgling career in intelligence in 2003, joining the global manhunt for the 9/11 mastermind. Working out of the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan, she quickly becomes acquainted with the wide variety of methods for extracting information; and she soon begins to suspect a mysterious courier may be the key to finding Bin Laden.

Something tells me that if both the political left and right accuse you of pushing an agenda, you’re probably not. I will say that for a movie to keep you nailed to your seat for more than two and a half hours is no small feat. Chastain already has a Golden Globe on her mantel, and may very likely have an Oscar joining it next month.

It’s an 8.

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