Monday, August 06, 2012

"Zero Dark Thirty" First Trailer

Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" - previously known as "Killing Bin Laden" - has released it's first trailer.

The film, about the international covert manhunt undertaken to find the Al-Qaeda leader in the wake of 9-11, was in-production and shooting before the Navy SEAL raid actually brought Osama bin Laden down and was originally slated with an open-ended conclusion in mind; though that's obviously no longer the case...



Originall slated to open in October, it was moved to December (read: after the presidential election) in reaction to shameless charges of impropriety vis-a-vi the filmmakers knowledge of military plans from Republican Congressmen and political-hacks panicked at the thought of people being reminded of this American victory at a time when said reminder might help President Obama get re-elected.

Well, let me remind you anyway: Osama bin Laden is dead. Barack Obama gave the order to take him out. This trailer, at least, will probably be in theaters and on TV before the election; and it looks pretty damn good to me.

16 comments:

Michael Flinn said...

What is it with Columbia and their trailers for December dramas? Last year had that just AMAZING trailer for Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and now this creative little gem. Not to mention Skyfall.

That aside, despite my misgivings about The Hurt Locker, this look interesting.

InnerPartisan said...

Being Non-American (also possibly Un-American, but that's beside the point) I find all these political implications... slightly amusing. Bin Laden was a bad guy, and while I personaly would like to have seen him stand up in court... I won't shed a tear for him, and alltogether his assasination was a good thing, and my opinion wouldn't change if it was ordered by a Republican President.

Anyway, all politics aside: I am a massive fan of Kathryn Bigelow, so colour me fucking stocked. Both Near Dark and Strange Days are among my favourite movies.

Daniel said...

@InnerPartisan

It's not that your opinion would change if the assassination order were given by a republican president, it's the fact that there is a very well known George W Bush quote where (a mere 6 months after 9/11) he admitted that Osama Bin Laden was not very important to him saying "I really just don't spend that much time on him".

The fact that this is such a strong blow against the republican narrative of democrats being "soft on defense", and the implications that people will no longer vote for republicans out of fear that democrats will cut defense spending and leave us open to attack by foreign powers is why republicans are fighting this so hard.

If they can't run on social issues (war on women/gays/etc), economic issues (remember how republicans held the debt ceiling hostage and ruined America's credit rating? They're promising to do it again this year), or public defense, what else can they run on?

InnerPartisan said...

@Daniel

I'm well aware of all those things. My point was that trying to somehow dimminish Bin Laden's death because of who ordered it (The Muslim Kenyan Ursurper who needs to show his gosh-darned Birth Certificate!) is in fact utterly laughable.
When I said that I'm ammused, I meant in fact primarily one side's completely, scary-yet-hillarious crazyness and detachement from reality. Allthough to be fair, the other side's total ineptitude to point out and capitalize on said idiocy is pretty damn funny as well - but only because I live in Europe, and the ramifications of all this will reach me slightly later.

a.k.a.A.M.V.P said...

I kinda side with Badass's (re: Devin's) take on the trailer being rather underwhelming, in that it all seems too jumbled and vague to really sink my teeth into. The final image of the Bin Laden compound was especially well done, however, and it actually makes me wish they'd kept the "Killing" title. That way, they wouldn't have needed to literally scream Bin Laden's name over and over beforehand to make people realize what they were seeing.

Shark said...

I don't like the title of the movie. "Zero Dark Thirty" sounds like three words were randomly chosen to replace the original title "Killing Bin Laden"

Mr. Gone said...

I'm assuming "Zero Dark Thirty" has some relevance? Maybe as a code, maybe the secret name for the operation, whatever? Kinda like why "Rescue Dawn" got its name.

Anonymous said...

Is James asleep? I miss his screeching wail of HYPOCRISY! HYPOCRISY! BAAAAAHHH!

Timothy said...

@Mr. Gone
I'm assuming the title is a play on "o-dark-thirty", which is slang for an unspecified time after midnight but before sunrise.

MovieBob said...

"Zero Dark Thirty" is military time shorthand; specifically meaning "half an hour after midnight" but often used to mean "really early in the AM." Unless I am misinformed.

Codrin said...

Well, considering Bigelow's resume, I eagerly await this film. Thanks for spreading the link, etc.

James said...

I Got new meds, so....

Anonymous said...

Wow this was cool. Right from the getgo. I really like how his house popping in at the end seemed to reflect how the ending to this movie just popped into existence last year.

Oliver Orr said...

I am psyched for this movie, no matter how cheesy the trailer makes it seem (I attribute this to a fatal case of Trying Too Hard Syndrome), but the title just sounds like somebody at the studio said "What are three words that are completely unrelated that sound sort of like stealthy black-ops codes?"

Generally, though, I think that my feelings towards this are more akin to hope than they are to actually thinking it will be anything better than a B Grade military action flick that just happens to have a topical bad guy.

Unbeliever said...

You know what? Freaking release it in October, rename it back to "Killing Bin Laden" so folks actually know what it is, and LET the right-wingers cry foul.

Hell, the manufactured "controversy" will just help sell the movie (and the election).

I want to hear them justify how infinite overseas corporate cash plus discriminatory voter ID laws are kosher, but a movie telling the truth crosses the line...

HyenaThePirate said...

I'm just gonna go ahead and put it out there, because I know people are thinking it.

Given the recent incident during the Dark Knight Rises and the tragedy in Colorado...

I'm not going anywhere NEAR a theater when this movie releases. Sorry, but this is JUST the kind of film that is going to have some crazy fanatic salivating at his chance for martyrdom. What better time to strike back at America for their martyr than during this "pro-American" film about killing Bin Laden?

Screw that. I'll be seeing this on DVD only.