By looking at these events through Maya's eyes, we see the struggle from her perspective and come to admire her as a truly extraordinary individual. Jessica Chastain will win the Best Actress Oscar with her performance in this film.
Maya is one of the finest female characters we've seen on screen period. She's not defined by men or sexuality, but is ostensibly the girl in a cruel male world. Maya is so intelligent, so fiercely committed, she inspires those around her. Jessica Chastain is fantastic as Maya. She carries Zero Dark Thirty more than any other lead character has in a film this year. Kathryn Bigelow picked a gem to give life to an amazing woman that continues her work in the shadows.
It is one of the best films of the year and the finest performance we've seen from Jessica Chastain so far.