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Movie Trailer Thursday: Zero Dark Thirty

Due Out: Dec. 19

By the time this movie is released, the United States will know if we have a new President or the same one we’ve had for the last four years. That will probably have some bearing on how this movie does, box office-wise.

Zero Dark Thirty is supposed to be the true story of how Seal Team Six killed Osama Bin Laden in May of 2011. How close to the story it actually is will probably only be known to current President Obama, the members of Seal Team Six and various members of the President’s Cabinet. We can’t go spilling all our secrets.

Before we go much further, it’s important to note that this movie got its information and the green light because the Obama administration allowed the directors ‘an unusual amount of access’ to what should be classified government files. I don’t like that, nor do I like that this movie was originally supposed to be out pre-Election, basically turning a major motion picture into a propaganda machine. Had the administration gotten its way, this movie would be out now and Obama would win in a landslide in a few weeks. As it stands…he’s probably going to win comfortably anyway. Don’t blame me, I’m just the messenger.

(Also: what is up with the first half of this trailer? The first time I saw it was during the previews for Argo last weekend. I didn’t know what I was watching or what movie it was for. For the first 1:10, I thought it was an especially dark CIA recruitment video. Not the vibes you want to send out for one of the more important films of the year).

Still, it’s a rare cinematic treat that we get to see a significant cultural event depicted on-screen while it’s still very relevant. The Obama administration is trading on killing Bin Laden right now, as well they should be. Usually things of this nature come to the big screen years after most of the major players involved are either dead or are at the very least far removed from importance. Everybody involved here – name changes or not – are, for the most part, still very much in their prime.

How much fun would it be to go see the President about something and find him watching this movie? Would you feel obligated to ask him questions? Would it be allowed? I wouldn’t be able to help myself. I’d ask some sort of, “So, is that how it really happened? Wink, wink”-type questions and get blacklisted from the White House. I probably am anyway.

Keep An Eye On: Kyle Chandler, otherwise known as Coach Taylor from the short-lived Friday Night Lights. Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose…sight of Bin Laden.

Burning Question: So, so many that will never get answered.

Reminds Me Of: The boring parts of the Bourne franchise mixed with the interesting parts of Syriana and The Hurt Locker.

Theater, Redbox or Skip It: If your patriotism rides on this, you should probably go see it. For myself, I kind of don’t want the movie to be able to live up to the truth.


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