'Zero Dark Thirty' sustains tension of bin Laden hunt

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Posted: Friday, January 11, 2013 12:00 am

Ten years. From the opening of “Zero Dark Thirty,” in which real phone conversations of people trapped in the burning World Trade Center are heard over a black screen, to the unlikely ending, 10 years pass.

But director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal seem to accomplish the impossible, maintaining dramatic tension throughout the long hunt for Osama bin Laden and the more than 2½ hours of “Zero Dark Thirty.”

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