Kathryn Bigelow’s follow up to the intense and quite brilliant The Hurt Locker has just revealed its first teaser trailer. Little is known about Zero Dark Thirty, other than the fact it goes into heavy detail about how Osama Bin Laden was caught. The title for the film itself refers to a military saying which means: 30 minutes after midnight (the Seal team landed roughly at this time, with Bin Laden being killed just after 1am on 2nd May 2011).
The teaser trailer runs at just over a minute long, and gives me the impression that Bigelow has taken what she learnt in The Hurt Locker and maximised her skills to produce a high class thriller with shades of how Paul Grenngrass put together his Bourne films, frantic and full of intense, edge of your seat thrills. Bigelow is certainly one of the most powerful directors working today, and on the evidence of what she pulled off with The Hurt Locker, I could think a few directors better suited to bring such an important and amazing story to the big screen.
The teaser trailer does not give much away, although most of us will already know the story of what happened, but it does show that Zero Dark Thirty will pay respects to all those involved in the operation, and deliver a thrilling piece of cinema. The film arrives in US cinemas on 19th December. There is no official synopsis as yet, but I can give you the incredible list of actors involved:
– Joel Edgerton, Jessica Chastain, Edgar Ramirez, Kyle Chandler, Mark Strong, Chris Pratt, Jason Clarke, Harold Perrineau, Nash Edgerton, Jennifer Ehle andFares Fares.
“There are over 100 speaking roles, featuring teams of operatives, from [Department of Defense], CIA, Navy SEALs, et. al. that intersect with foreign nationals and enemy combatants,” Bigelow said about the extensively researched film. And answering once again the question about the film’s political allegiances, screenwriter Mark Boal makes it clear: “There’s no political agenda in the film. Full stop. Period.”
By Matt Wavish