ZERO DARK THIRTY, Bigelow’s Hunt for Bin Laden

For fans of HBO’s The Newsroom, the new trailer for Zero Dark Thirty is very timely, as last Sunday’s episode pertains to the same subject as this film: the death of Osama Bin Laden. (Sidebar, even if you don’t watch The Newsroom, at least watch “5/1” episode just for being an American. You will cry.) Here comes the latest installment from Kathryn Bigelow, who won an Oscar for Best Director for The Hurt Locker, another American war-related action thriller. Bigelow won her Academy Award on the same night her ex-husband, mega star director James Cameron was competing for the same award for Avatar (Many people don’t know they were once married and I like to point it. Us chicks need to stick together). Screenplay writer Mark Boal, who also won an Oscar for his original screenplay on The Hurt Locker, worked with Bigelow once again on this project.

Bigelow brings to audiences that fateful day when the US Navy SEAL 6 caught and eventually killed Bin Laden, changing American history. We lived through 9/11/01, we lived through 5/1/11, and now it will be interseting to see how the culmination of such a huge event, coming to life on screen. I hope Bigelow lives up to her reputation and the gravity that this real event carries. This is the type of movie where the director will be talked about more than its movie stars.
See what you think of the teaser trailer below:

The trailer doesn’t give away much but we all know the basic story, how they chose to tell it will make or break the film. The film has some big stars attached in Jessica Chastain (The Help), Joel Edgerton (Warrior, Animal Kingdom), Mark Strong (The Young Victoria), Edgar Ramirez (Carlos), Jennifer Ehle (Pride and Prejudice BBC miniseries), Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation, Moneyball), and my favorite Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights, Super 8).

Given the touchy subject material, it’s no surprise that there has been a bit of controversy surrounding this movie already. President Obama has given Bigelow and her team unprecedented access to information during research for the film. The film was originally supposed to be released in October 2012, right before the 2012 Presidential Election, leading some to believe this would contribute to the pro-Obama camp. The film’s release has now been pushed to December 19, 2012.


Here’s the official synopsis, which doesn’t give away much:
This is Bigelow’s follow up to The Hurt Locker with writer Mark Boal. The film chronicles the US search and killing of Al Queda leader Osama Bin Laden. The Navy SEAL Team 6 tracks down wanted terrorist Osama bin Laden.

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Living through post grad life after attending four years at Boston University where I studied Film & Television, and the art of being a stereotypical college student. I am currently employed at a media agency in the great city of New York, where I commute from my home, which I adore, Long Island (don't make fun). I'm very much obsessed with television, I heart NY sports, I frequent the cinemas, adore pop culture, love the beach and who doesn't enjoy a good celebrity scandal?