It's set to be one of the most controversial movies released in recent memory. "Zero Dark Thirty" chronicles the ten-year manhunt for Osama Bin Laden. The story line will undoubtedly climax with the killing of Bin Laden by U.S. Navy’s elite SEAL Team Six, but a great deal of the back story and intelligence behind the raid remains a mystery. The movie has hurtled the sensitive election season with a release date in December and promises to be a worthy follow up by director Kathryn Bigelow, who won best picture in 2009 for "The Hurt Locker" -- a white-knuckle drama profiling a bomb squad unit in Iraq.
And today we get one of our first glimpses at the film via an exclusive trailer released to Entertainment Weekly:
Entertainment Weekly addressed the sensitivity of the film in an exclusive interview with the screenwriter Mark Boal, who promised that there is "no political agenda" to the film and stressed that the president is not depicted in the movie whatsoever:
The makers of Zero Dark Thirty insist their film is a study of the unsung heroes who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to take down bin Laden, not a celebration of Obama’s decision. When they made the Iraq War drama The Hurt Locker in 2008, which won them Oscars for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Picture, Bigelow and Boal were praised (and sometimes slammed) for leaving politics out of the film. They say they’re doing the same thing this time.
“There’s no political agenda in the film. Full stop. Period,” says Boal, a veteran journalist and war correspondent. “A lot of people are going to be surprised when they see the film. For example, the president is not depicted in the movie. He’s just not in the movie.”
Some stills from the trailer: