- 16 October 2012
- By John Howell
You may remember Kathryn Bigelow's outstanding Iraq war drama, The Hurt Locker, about an Army bomb squad in Iraq trying to survive in a city where everyone is a potential enemy, every object a possible bomb, and every moment potentially your last. Less than a year and a half after Osama Bin Laden's death, Kathryn Bigelow is back in similar territory with Zero Dark Thirty (formerly called Kill Bin laden), a fictionalised (?) account of the search for, and assassination of, the world's most famous terrorist.
The film chronicles the Navy SEAL squadron that found and killed Bin Laden on May 2, 2011.
Zero Dark Thirty's production has been marred by political controversy with suggestions by the Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch (and other Republicans) that Kathryn Bigelow and the Zero Dark Thirty filmmakers received special access to information related to the killing of Osama bin Laden.
According to the Chicago Tribune, there were questions surrounding the Defense Department and the CIA's willingness to assist the filmmakers and a suggestion that the film was being rushed out to coincide with the upcoming US elections (as it would presumably boost support for Obama's campaign).
Whether or not this influenced their scheduling is unclear, but Sony is now releasing the film on 19 December, after the US elections.
Watch the trailer below and tell us what you think. A rush job or a potentially powerful follow up to The Hurt Locker?
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