Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty Trailer (aka Kill Bin Laden)

Almost immediately following last year’s news that Osama bin Laden had been killed by the U.S. Navy’s SEAL Team Six, we started hearing about the possibility of bringing the story to the big screen. Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) had already been in development on a movie about a failed attempt to kill the Taliban leader when it all went down, so she scrambled with her screenwriting partner Mark Boal to rewrite things accordingly. Although there is supposedly another competing film from John Stockwell also in the works, her film will be the first to hit theatres and now the first teaser trailer has just arrived online.

The movie was previously going under the working title Kill Bin Laden but has since been renamed to Zero Dark Thirty (a military term for 30 minutes after midnight). The teaser is heavily stylized and plays up the sense of secrecy and intrigue, but doesn’t show off much of the eclectic cast, which includes Joel Edgerton, Kyle Chandler, Mark Strong, Jessica Chastain, Edgar Ramirez, Scott Adkins, Mark Duplass and Chris Pratt. Bigelow and Boal promise that the movie has no political stance whatsoever (and based on The Hurt Locker, I tend to believe them) but that hasn’t stopped plenty of people from criticizing it. Zero Dark Thirty hits theatres on Dec. 19th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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  • what up with those night googles – WANT!

  • Jonny Ashley

    A little offput by the Zimmer BMMMMMMMM, and the serious yelling, and the over-the-top motion graphics, but I’ll bet on Bigelow.

  • Looking good!

  • Gerry

    I don’t know how the film can’t be political. From what I can remember at least one of Bin Ladens wives was killed, possibly shielding him.

    If the film shows heroic marines going in but doesn’t show this that’s political.

    It would be hard to see how an accurate portrait can be made as the marines helmet videos were never seen by anyone other than senior politicians and spooks.

  • La Menthe

    “There appears to have been no attempt to apprehend the unarmed victim, as presumably could have been done by 80 commandos facing virtually no opposition—except, they claim, from his wife, who lunged towards them. In societies that profess some respect for law, suspects are apprehended and brought to fair trial.
    (…)
    We might ask ourselves how we would be reacting if Iraqi commandos landed at George W. Bush’s compound, assassinated him, and dumped his body in the Atlantic. Uncontroversially, his crimes vastly exceed bin Laden’s, and he is not a “suspect” but uncontroversially the “decider” who gave the orders to commit the “supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole” (quoting the Nuremberg Tribunal) for which Nazi criminals were hanged: the hundreds of thousands of deaths, millions of refugees, destruction of much of the country, the bitter sectarian conflict that has now spread to the rest of the region.””

  • Matt

    More Obama propaganda for the November elections.

    Wake up America! Your Hollywood is clearly controlled by the military-industrial complex.

    The military funds movie after movie to promote disinfo and spread deceit.

  • BarBar

    @Matt – shame the film comes out December really…

  • Mrespony

    Viva La Menthe

  • kyri

    I was actually thinking about creating a small game for the iphone called… i-detective Obama.. or maybe just i-obama..

    a film noir arcade style game… in where D-obama is trying to catch the villain osama.. and protect the banks … but at the end when he catches osama.. there will be a revelation: osama was George H. W. Bush wearing a mask … but then there is another twist …. obama is also wearing a mask and is Bush Jr. so they are having a darth vader-luke skywalker moment …

    but then there is another twist!! osama kicks obama and escapes and reveals that he was wearing another mask and obama shouts … Nooooooooo!!!! at the end..

    (I am not joking by the way I am actually thinking about doing this..)

    …but the thing is I am afraid that I ll make all this effort and then apple will reject the game..

    hm, maybe this is a forum post.. or.. maybe a Game Junk question…
    but since both of them are dead…

  • La Menthe

    Since you mentioned it kyri; why did the forum die? I’m thinking about sending a junk mail to the crew and complain about it.

  • kyri

    the forum was created by a guy named matt, and then things went wrong in a way, I think he wanted money or something… Anyways, so Sean never really liked the idea of it. ..then there was some time that not many people used it (I say it was because of lack of good films around that time).. and apparently it was filled with spam posts. and so Sean decided to not renew the space where it was hosted and let it die… (??)
    (I speculate)

    There’re a lot of conspiracies revolving the subject, ..a lot of unanswered questions..

    some say the forum is still alive..

  • Just to respond to the forum question, the main reason it was shut down was because of spam. We were getting like 300 posts a day or more and 99% of them were spam. I had to manually go through all of them and find the one post that was actually valid and approve it.

    I’m not opposed to having a forum on the site again… I’d like to have a place for people to start their own discussions. But people didn’t seem to be using it much. If I could find a way to simplify it and keep it spam-proof, I’d consider it.

    As for Matt, he didn’t ask for money, he was just pushing for so many changes to the site that I couldn’t keep up. Keep in mind, I didn’t really know the guy either, he just e-mailed out of the blue and wanted to be a part of the site. He went on to create his own site at wegotthiscovered.com.