It was only a matter of time until the story about Navy Seals Team Six and the hunt for Osama Bin Laden was turned into a Hollywood movie. That time is now. Acclaimed director Kathryn Bigelow has just released her trailer for Zero Dark Thirty.
The movie follows the military’s efforts as they try to track down Bin Laden. Bigelow, who won the best director Oscar for The Hurt Locker, said that the new movie tells the story of the secret mission that took out Bin Laden.
“(Zero Dark Thirty is) a military term for 30 minutes after midnight, and it refers also to the darkness and secrecy that cloaked the entire decade long mission.”
The movie was written by Bigelow’s Oscar winning partner Mark Boal, who was once embedded in the Iraq War as a photojournalist. Boal won an Oscar for his screenplay for The Hurt Locker.
Boal told Entertainment Weekly:
“I’m fascinated by people who dedicate themselves to really difficult and dangerous things for the greater good… I think they’re heroic and I’m intrigued by them. I’m fascinated by the world they inhabit. I personally want to know how they caught bin Laden. All I can do is hope that it interests other people.”
Bigelow and Boal know that they are dealing with a controversial subject but said that they did their best to keep politics out of the film. Boal said:
“There’s no political agenda in the film. Full stop. Period… 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.”
Here’s the trailer for Zero Dark Thirty.