Zero Dark Thirty | 2012

Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow

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Main Plot

A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L.s Team 6 in May 2011.


  • Jessica Chastain's character in Zero Dark Thirty is a determined CIA analyst leading the hunt for Osama bin Laden.
  • Joel Edgerton's character plays a key role as a SEAL Team Six member involved in the mission to kill Osama bin Laden.
  • Chris Pratt's character, Justin, is a member of the Navy SEAL team involved in the mission to capture Osama bin Laden.

Ending Explained

In the ending of Zero Dark Thirty, directed by Kathryn Bigelow, the elite Navy SEAL Team 6 successfully locates and eliminates Osama bin Laden in a covert operation at his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. After a tense firefight, bin Laden is killed, and his body is recovered. The team then leaves the compound, and the film concludes with the protagonist, Maya, reflecting on the long and arduous journey that led to this momentous achievement in the fight against terrorism.

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Kathryn Bigelow Jessica Chastain Joel Edgerton Chris Pratt