Due out in theaters December 19th, is Katherine Bigelow’s new action-thriller Zero Dark Thirty. Pegged as “the story of history’s greatest manhunt for the world’s most dangerous man,” the film chronicles the U.S. and CIA operatives hunt for Osama Bin Laden. After the September 11, 2001 attacks, a decade-long hunt across the globe fell underway for Bin Laden, ending with the May 2, 2011 Navy Seal Team 6 raid and Bin Laden’s death.
The Bigelow-Boal Magic
The screenplay is written by Mark Boal who worked with Bigelow on another military action thriller film in 2009, The Hurt Locker. The film won five Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director for Bigelow, the first woman to win the award. While The Hurt Locker incorporated real-life experiences into its plot, Zero Dark Thirty seems far less biographical.
Writer Boal was a freelance journalist who stayed with an American bomb squad in Iraq for two weeks in 2004. The experiences allowed Boal to write a fictional story based on true events, but Zero Dark Thirty seems more like an exaggeration of events than pure fiction.
The film doesn’t feature any huge celebs but opts for some recognizable faces with a cast including Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt, James Gandolfini, Joel Edgerton, Edgar Ramirez and Mark Strong. But it’s probably a smart move to have lesser known actors, as big names can often distract from some of the realism in semi-biographical films.
It appears that audiences can look forward to some fancy war jargon, big explosions, heavy gun fire, and night vision. I’m excited to see what the Bigelow-Boal duo will accomplish this time around, especially given the controversy surrounding the film.
Apparently, some opponents of the Obama campaign, felt the original release date for the film, October 2012, would support the re-election of Obama by reminding the public who gave the command to initiate the raid that captured Bin Laden. District Columbia Pictures decided to push the release date back until after the election to avoid political conflict. Although this seemed like a cheap shot from Obama opposers, you can look forward to Zero Dark Thirty without feeling any guilt for who you voted for.
‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Trailer