War movies…love them or hate them they are here to stay. Unfortunately for such a large genre arresting this realm in the film industry, many of these movies have been awful. With over-amplified characters and even more exaggerated villains, many warfare films have basically been recreations of childhood action figures. Fortunately, throughout the years there have been a select few incredibly good depictions of realistic war life through the eyes of Hollywood such as Full Metal Jacket (1987), Saving Private Ryan (1998), and The Hurt Locker (2008). These three films in general have had great success since their premieres - each winning numerous awards. The most recent of the three, The Hurt Locker, has won the most awards consisting of 6 Oscars and another 87 various wins. I personally loved this film from the moment I saw it, yet there are many individuals whose opinions are astronomically different from mine. The director, Kathryn Bigelow, took warfare to the silver screen like never before creating a pure masterpiece with her story of an elite Army Bomb Squad. It’s great news that Kathryn Bigelow and her crew are heavy into production of another film falling under the same genre. Currently set to release on December 19th of this year, Zero Dark Thirty is already anticipated to be another brilliant creation from this female filmmaker.
With all of the international events that have specifically involved the United States over the past decade, it is only logical to tell the story to audiences through a motion picture. There are not many individuals I would trust to tell this story or any warfare story for the fact that many are so poorly made, however Kathryn Bigelow is one director that seems to be a solid Hollywood institution. Zero Dark Thirty tells the story of The Navy SEAL Team 6 and their mission to kill Al-Qaeda’s infamous leader Osama Bin Laden. Not much is certain about the details of the film or how much will be revealed about the real SEAL Team 6. The trailer released for Zero Dark Thirty gives a subtle insight into what Bigelow has in store for the silver screen, but overall conceals most of the content.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal discussed the thoughts that went into making this film and what it means to them. According to Boal, the writer of Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker, “I’m fascinated by people who dedicate themselves to really difficult and dangerous things for the greater good. I think they’re heroic and I’m intrigued by them. I’m fascinated by the world they inhabit. I personally want to know how they caught Bin Laden. All I can do is hope that it interests other people.” Being regarded already as one of the most controversial films this year, due to the storyline engulfing the film, Boal stated that – like The Hurt Locker - this film will have no political agenda. Instead it focuses more on the story of these unsung heroes.
With so much of the film still in cover Bigelow and Boal did reveal who the film will depict saying, “There are over 100 speaking roles, featuring teams of operatives, from (Department of Defense), CIA, Navy SEALS, etc that intersect with foreign nationals and enemy combatants.” Whatever this film may conceal within its strips will fully be revealed on December 19th. As the anticipation and controversy has already heavily begun, make sure to keep checking for updates to Kathryn Bigelow’s new film Zero Dark Thirty.
What do you think of the new trailer for Zero Dark Thirty? Are you excited about the movie or hesitant due to the controversial content?