‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Final Trailer Reveals (Too Much) Story

Published 1 year ago by , Updated May 12th, 2013 at 7:49 am,

Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow may have won an Oscar for her Iraq War drama, but that film had plenty of detractors – many of them from within the armed forces community, where claims of Hurt Locker‘s inauthenticity still echo today.

With her new film, Zero Dark Thirty, Bigelow and her Oscar-winning Hurt Locker writer Mark Boal seem to have the opposite problem; there’s been controversy regarding the filmmakers’ access to sensitive intelligence materials in order to make their film (about the hunt for infamous terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden) as authentic as possible.

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This final Zero Dark Thirty trailer commits a similar sin as many recent movie trailers: it shows too much. Having seen the film, I can say with authority that there are several key moments spoiled in this trailer; and in a film whose ending revolves around one of the biggest events the world has seen in the last decade (the death of Bin Laden), spoiling what surprises we do get along the way doesn’t seem very wise – or necessary. So far, Zero Dark Thirty is riding a massive awards-season buzz – and given the subject matter, it’s doubtful that it will end up being one of those “Oscar bait” films that no one actually goes out to see. We expect a sizable audience is already invested in this movie – so why spoil all the big moments?

On the positive side of things, this final trailer at long last shifts the focus away from the villain of the story and instead “zeroes in” on our protagonist, Maya (Jessica Chastain), the CIA analyst assigned the task of hunting Bin Laden 24/7. Much of ZDT‘s positive buzz has also been buzz for Chastain’s performance – but don’t count us surprised: we’ve been aware of her skills since The HelpTake ShelterThe Tree of LifeThe Debt and Lawless – all films in which she left a strong impression.

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Joining Chastain in the fight against terrorism are a strong cast of actors, including her Lawless co-star Jason Clarke as a more experienced analyst (whose voice-over narration opens the trailer); Jennifer Ehle (Contagion) and Harold Perrineau (Lost) as fellow analyst worker bees; while actors like Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), Mark Strong (Kick-Ass), Mark Duplass (The League), Stephen Dillane (Game of Thrones), Edgar Ramírez (Wrath of the Titans), Scott Adkins (Expendables 2) and James Gandolfini (The Sopranos) show up now and again as various cogs within “The Agency.” Once the film steers towards the much-teased military ops finale, actors like Joel Edgerton (The Thing) and Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) join in the hunt as well.

Zero Dark Thirty will be in limited release on December 19; Full release on January 11, 2013.

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  1. Thanks for the heads up, Kofi! I’ll be avoiding this trailer just as long as they don’t throw it in front of the Hobbit or anything.

  2. Who plays the cover for metallica “Nothing else Matters” in the Trailer? It was nice.

    • Scala (& Kolacny Brothers)

      • thx :-)

  3. Every year there is usually a war movie or of similar subject matter that gets nominated for Best Picture that doesn’t win like Saving Private Ryan. Hurt Locker and the Deer Hunter are a couple of the rare exceptions.
    I doubt this will win Best Picture.

    • Yep Lincoln, Argo, Silver Linings Playbook are the top choices for Best Picture, personally i want Argo to win cuz it was a brilliant movie with a nice script

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  5. Let me guess: it’s a dark and gritty film, that’s been influenced by Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, right? LOL.

    • Bin Laden is a total rip-off of The Joker. BTW: Have you considered a career in comedy?

  6. Reveals too much STORY? How about reveals too much about our guys, our security and our operations. It is absolutely disgusting that filmmakers are profiting off the story of the SEALS. 4 years ago, the term “Team Six” wasnt even public. There is a reason why there have been so many casualties of special ops. I am a SEAL’s sister. These guys are fathers and sons and husbands and their job is based on secrecy and classified info. The fact that anything about these guys is made public is inexcusable. Boycott this movie.

    • Oi, sod off!

    • Gina.
      Stick to what you know, which in this case is nothing. They made a movie, that is it, nothing more. And as such if it were to reveal to much information, United States Navy would not have authorized the movie and prevented the movie from going into production.

      You are wrong. Seal Team 6, as well as the other operational SeAL Teams are well known.

      1,2,3 4,5 7, 8, 10 and Support Group twasm 17 and 18.

      SeAL Team 6 truly does not exist as a physical Combat Ready Group. As ST6 is made up of select SeALs from various other units, with a particular mindset. SeAL Team 6 is what is it is, a Ghost Team of members no one knows until they are ordered to report. SeAL Team 6 is also the Operational Arm of the CIA and as such they select the memembers they want for special operations.

    • Gina, how much do you know about how much of the SeAL Actions, Orders and Classified Information?

      Would seem, if you think to much is revealed in movie, then someone is telling you things they should not be telling you?

      So with that in mind, before you risk the ire of someone who knows about Naval Operations.

      Ok, I may be a Coastguard Jayhawk Pilot, but I have crossed trained with the rest of the armed forces, as such when the Navy needs an experienced Hostile Weather Pilot, or someone capable of flying in a catagory 3 or above Hurricane, they request me to assist. Granted, I have only done 8 operations with the Navy in the course of a 25 year career, but when called upon, I go.

      Do I know any missions of the SeAL Teams, yes I do. Would I reveal any missions. No, I will take those to my grave.

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