Posted on Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 by Germain Lussier
Odds are most of us remember exactly where we were when we heard that terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden had been killed. It was one of those historic moments, years in the making, where America could feel content getting justice against the mastermind behind September 11. That night, we all focused on the result, but lewer people thought about what it took to get there.
Kathryn Bigelow‘s Zero Dark Thirty is about exactly that process. It’s the true story of a single female CIA agent (Jessica Chastain) who spent the better part of ten years focused on finding Bin Laden, following leads and sources many others thought to be wastes of time. The film is a eye-opening, fascinating and incredible piece of work culminating in the nail-biting, now-legendary raid in Pakistan.
Being as the film is based on realities uncovered by the tireless research of producer/screenwriter Mark Boal, revealing inner machinations and characters most Americans were unaware of, there are innumerable questions to be answered about the film and its backstory. Two news reports by ABC News delve into those truths and are very much worth watching. Check them out below.
Thanks to The Film Stage for the heads up. Do be aware that these reports include spoilers from Zero Dark Thirty, outside of the obvious one, that Bin Laden gets killed in the end.
Zero Dark Thirty just began screening this past week leading up towards its December 19 limited release and January 11 wide release. I’ve seen it and it’s a fantastic, detailed procedural in the mold of Zodiac, All the Presidents Men or The Insider, but with more action sort of like Traffic or Heat. Structurally, it’s much more straightforward than those films, but the fact that it deals with this singular female character gives it a powerful emotional core. Come 2013, Zero Dark Thirty is going to be a major player at the Oscars. Here’s a new clip thanks to Yahoo Movie.