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The first teaser trailer for Osama Bin Ladin manhunt film Zero Dark Thirty has been declassified

Aug. 6, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

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Thus far we've been almost completely in the dark about ZERO DARK THIRTY, knowing little except for the casting (which is ridiculously good) and the fact that it is serving as a reunion of sorts for THE HURT LOCKER's writer/director team of Mark Boal and Kathryn Bigelow.

Considering the many documented inaccuracies in THE HURT LOCKER (you can even check out our own Paul Shirey's extensive deconstruction right here), the trailer's advertisement of "this is how it happened" doesn't spark much excitement in me as I just find it a bit difficult to completely trust screenwriter Boal or Bigelow on that front.  That being said, their last Oscar winning collaboration was still a piece of consummate filmmaking, and I'm definitely looking forward to their next film in that regard.

ZERO DARK THIRTY hits in the heart of Oscar season on December 19th.

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Extra Tidbit: Do extensive inaccuracies bother you if a movie is good in and of itself?
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5:37PM on 08/07/2012
Anyone complaining (or even talking) about "history accuracy" (or any accuracy) when talking about a (mainstream Hollywood) movie... should just stop watching movies because he (or she) doesn't know shit about what movies are about. I really pity those individuals (usually math students or something like that). So can't wait for this movie.

PS: Since I just saw Dark Knight Rises it is so good to finally see a movie with actual good cinematography. Yay!

PS: Hilarious and sad how comments
Anyone complaining (or even talking) about "history accuracy" (or any accuracy) when talking about a (mainstream Hollywood) movie... should just stop watching movies because he (or she) doesn't know shit about what movies are about. I really pity those individuals (usually math students or something like that). So can't wait for this movie.

PS: Since I just saw Dark Knight Rises it is so good to finally see a movie with actual good cinematography. Yay!

PS: Hilarious and sad how comments about this movie will be 99% about useless subjective politic views or other bullshit like that instead of just an exciting (Hollywood) movie.
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11:46PM on 08/06/2012
I just hope they re-create the scene where they had to drag Obama's ass off the golf course to get him to decide whether to take Bin Laden out or not. Maybe then they could go into where the names of the Seal Team 6 members, who executed the mission, were leaked and were subsequently murdered later on. If they talk about that Ill watch this movie, if not its just more Hollywood progressive, lets change history, bullshit.
I just hope they re-create the scene where they had to drag Obama's ass off the golf course to get him to decide whether to take Bin Laden out or not. Maybe then they could go into where the names of the Seal Team 6 members, who executed the mission, were leaked and were subsequently murdered later on. If they talk about that Ill watch this movie, if not its just more Hollywood progressive, lets change history, bullshit.
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11:09PM on 08/06/2012
Also, what's with the STD dig? What's the story behind that?
Also, what's with the STD dig? What's the story behind that?
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9:59PM on 08/06/2012
One hopes that Zero Dark Thirty displays much historical accuracy. Why? Because, this movie will be the historical record for many people. They will see Bigelow's project and not see or read anything else about this great moment in American history.
However, I am willing to cheer at this film like I am at a fucken sports event. The film can be jingoistic propaganda and fiction. I want to see bin Laden die on the silver screen; I want to re-watch the DVD several times later. And, I want
One hopes that Zero Dark Thirty displays much historical accuracy. Why? Because, this movie will be the historical record for many people. They will see Bigelow's project and not see or read anything else about this great moment in American history.
However, I am willing to cheer at this film like I am at a fucken sports event. The film can be jingoistic propaganda and fiction. I want to see bin Laden die on the silver screen; I want to re-watch the DVD several times later. And, I want everyone to see that we Americans celebrate this military victory unreservedly. God bless America, my home sweet home!
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8:54PM on 08/06/2012
Having just watched the absolutely TERRIBLE "The Newsroom" episode where we capture... oh wait I mean kill, Osama, I can say this looks like more patriotic hoo-ha. I liked The Hurt Locker despite all its flaws. But this terrible trailer, title, and story I'm gonna skip.

Tidbit. Yes extensive historical inaccuracies bother me. Especially if it's supposed to be a movie "Based on True Events." United 93 is a great example of an absolutely hilarious attempt at writing what someone said must have
Having just watched the absolutely TERRIBLE "The Newsroom" episode where we capture... oh wait I mean kill, Osama, I can say this looks like more patriotic hoo-ha. I liked The Hurt Locker despite all its flaws. But this terrible trailer, title, and story I'm gonna skip.

Tidbit. Yes extensive historical inaccuracies bother me. Especially if it's supposed to be a movie "Based on True Events." United 93 is a great example of an absolutely hilarious attempt at writing what someone said must have happened. But no one really knows exactly what happened, so why even claim it's a "True Story?"
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11:55PM on 08/06/2012
In United 93, they did have recordings of some of the phone calls that people placed to their families before the plane went down. They have a pretty damn good idea what happened on that flight. A bunch of heroes realized what was going to happen and sacrificed themselves to save a lot of people. There was nothing hilarious about the subject matter. I don't mind that they dramatized some of the events that took place in the plane. Its accurate enough and a damn good movie on top of that. .
In United 93, they did have recordings of some of the phone calls that people placed to their families before the plane went down. They have a pretty damn good idea what happened on that flight. A bunch of heroes realized what was going to happen and sacrificed themselves to save a lot of people. There was nothing hilarious about the subject matter. I don't mind that they dramatized some of the events that took place in the plane. Its accurate enough and a damn good movie on top of that. .
11:55PM on 08/06/2012
ugh damn double posts
ugh damn double posts
3:39PM on 08/07/2012
In your opinion it's a good movie. I think it's sentimental shit. But that's just me. This movie is guaranteed to be a big patriotic circle jerk, much like last Sunday's The Newsroom.

Does no one here think that maybe capturing Bin Laden would have been a better idea? Don't get me wrong... I'm glad he's dead. But it would have been better to capture him alive then put a bullet in his head. Plus we never even saw a body they "spread his ashes at sea." Oh... Ok.... sure.
In your opinion it's a good movie. I think it's sentimental shit. But that's just me. This movie is guaranteed to be a big patriotic circle jerk, much like last Sunday's The Newsroom.

Does no one here think that maybe capturing Bin Laden would have been a better idea? Don't get me wrong... I'm glad he's dead. But it would have been better to capture him alive then put a bullet in his head. Plus we never even saw a body they "spread his ashes at sea." Oh... Ok.... sure.
6:52PM on 08/06/2012
Sorry guys, but from someone outside The States I gotta say, this just looks godawful terrible.
Sorry guys, but from someone outside The States I gotta say, this just looks godawful terrible.
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8:49PM on 08/06/2012
From someone in The States... trust me, you're not alone.
From someone in The States... trust me, you're not alone.
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6:39PM on 08/06/2012

So...

How about that Mars landing?
How about that Mars landing?
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6:39PM on 08/06/2012

Tidbit....

I didn't read the article about Hurt Locker, but, to me, Hurt Locker was a suspense movie set in a real life situation. Historical fiction. I never took it as historical fact. It's a Hitchcockian set up, to which, I thought it really worked. Inaccuracies don't bug me if the experience and movie is good. Take Dark Knight Rises, Nolan throws so much at the screen and parts definitely don't make sense in hindsight, but the scope and experience vastly outweigh the weaknesses. For me.
I didn't read the article about Hurt Locker, but, to me, Hurt Locker was a suspense movie set in a real life situation. Historical fiction. I never took it as historical fact. It's a Hitchcockian set up, to which, I thought it really worked. Inaccuracies don't bug me if the experience and movie is good. Take Dark Knight Rises, Nolan throws so much at the screen and parts definitely don't make sense in hindsight, but the scope and experience vastly outweigh the weaknesses. For me.
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4:04PM on 08/06/2012

Tidbit....

I didn't read the article about Hurt Locker, but, to me, Hurt Locker was a suspense movie set in a real life situation. Historical fiction. I never took it as historical fact. It's a Hitchcockian set up, to which, I thought it really worked. Inaccuracies don't bug me if the experience and movie is good. Take Dark Knight Rises, Nolan throws so much at the screen and parts definitely don't make sense in hindsight, but the scope and experience vastly outweigh the weaknesses. For me.
I didn't read the article about Hurt Locker, but, to me, Hurt Locker was a suspense movie set in a real life situation. Historical fiction. I never took it as historical fact. It's a Hitchcockian set up, to which, I thought it really worked. Inaccuracies don't bug me if the experience and movie is good. Take Dark Knight Rises, Nolan throws so much at the screen and parts definitely don't make sense in hindsight, but the scope and experience vastly outweigh the weaknesses. For me.
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3:51PM on 08/06/2012
Kind of a lame trailer. But its Bigelow and I already love how the movie ends.
Kind of a lame trailer. But its Bigelow and I already love how the movie ends.
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3:08PM on 08/06/2012
The trailer wasn't all that good, nor was it all that bad. Even though it is a teaser, I feel it should have shown more of the actors.

Tidbit- So long as those inaccuracies don't make for plot-holes nor do they spit in the face of common sense (ie- "Prometheus") I am quite okay with it.
The trailer wasn't all that good, nor was it all that bad. Even though it is a teaser, I feel it should have shown more of the actors.

Tidbit- So long as those inaccuracies don't make for plot-holes nor do they spit in the face of common sense (ie- "Prometheus") I am quite okay with it.
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2:41PM on 08/06/2012

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If the movie can keep those inaccuracies to a minimum I'm ok with it because I expect it (something I learnt way back from my high-school teacher) because its not possible for a movie to include all the details which blurs the line between "based on actual events" and "inspired by actual events" thats why you end up with composite characters, distorted time-lines of events, forced happy endings and so on.

If I want something with historical accuracy, I'd rather watch a documentary on NatGeo
If the movie can keep those inaccuracies to a minimum I'm ok with it because I expect it (something I learnt way back from my high-school teacher) because its not possible for a movie to include all the details which blurs the line between "based on actual events" and "inspired by actual events" thats why you end up with composite characters, distorted time-lines of events, forced happy endings and so on.

If I want something with historical accuracy, I'd rather watch a documentary on NatGeo or The History Channel than Saving Private Ryan, Public Enemies, Gladiator, Pearl Habor etc because once the once the ass-kicking starts, the true-story can go fuck itself which is kinda sad.
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2:27PM on 08/06/2012

That is a REALLY bad title.

I'm sure it's like the code name for the thing in the movie, but c'mon, a little more effort.
I'm sure it's like the code name for the thing in the movie, but c'mon, a little more effort.
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2:26PM on 08/06/2012
Well I can say that this was a refreshingly cool trailer in the sea of generic and boring ones out there.
Well I can say that this was a refreshingly cool trailer in the sea of generic and boring ones out there.
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1:50PM on 08/06/2012

Depends

If a movie is "based on actual events," you gotta assume that there is going to be some inaccuracies. The writer and director are going to over dramatize certain events to make them more exciting. Overall, I am fine with that. Don't get me wrong, I love JFK, but Oliver Stone has said that he made stuff up and that bothers me. He did the same thing with the doors (a horrible, horrible movie). For people that don't know anything about the doors, if they see that movie they aren't going to
If a movie is "based on actual events," you gotta assume that there is going to be some inaccuracies. The writer and director are going to over dramatize certain events to make them more exciting. Overall, I am fine with that. Don't get me wrong, I love JFK, but Oliver Stone has said that he made stuff up and that bothers me. He did the same thing with the doors (a horrible, horrible movie). For people that don't know anything about the doors, if they see that movie they aren't going to leave knowing anything more.
I agree that if people want the facts that they should watch a documentary but with movies that are based on actual events, I think using artistic license is ok but you can't just make stuff up to make it more cinematic. That's just irresponsible and bad film making.
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1:45PM on 08/06/2012

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Depends on the movie. I'm still really bothered by this project. Bigelow is the only selling point right now, and having virtually no footage of the actors really doesn't help me get excited for it. I know the project was sort of in place prior to the actual events, in which case it would have been a bit of a What-if story, and now it just feels like a cash-in.
Depends on the movie. I'm still really bothered by this project. Bigelow is the only selling point right now, and having virtually no footage of the actors really doesn't help me get excited for it. I know the project was sort of in place prior to the actual events, in which case it would have been a bit of a What-if story, and now it just feels like a cash-in.
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1:42PM on 08/06/2012

Looks fantastic

Aren't we lucky this movie wasn't given to Michael Bay or Tony Scott? Very grateful for that, can't wait to see this.
Aren't we lucky this movie wasn't given to Michael Bay or Tony Scott? Very grateful for that, can't wait to see this.
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1:38PM on 08/06/2012
Gonna be a great fall/winter movie season, easily better than this disappointing summer was.
Gonna be a great fall/winter movie season, easily better than this disappointing summer was.
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