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First Look: Kathryn Bigelow's Osama Bin Laden movie

The first trailer of a highly-anticipated film about the CIA’s mission to capture and kill al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, has been unveiled. The trailer for Kathryn Bigelow''s Zero Dark Thirty gives viewers the first glimpse of...VIDEO INSIDE

hollywood Updated: Aug 07, 2012 14:45 IST


The first trailer of a highly-anticipated film about the CIA’s mission to capture and kill al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, has been unveiled.

The trailer for Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty gives viewers the first glimpse of her controversial movie about the Navy SEAL operation carried out in May 2011 in Pakistan.

The film, which stars Joel Edgerton, Jessica Chastain and Mark Strong, was due to hit US cinemas in October, before the US Presidential election, but has now been shifted to December, The Daily Telegraph reports.

According to the report, the trailer is quite claustrophobic and offers little in the way of detail and plays up the secrecy with cryptic snatches of footage and heavy black lines that redact parts of the imagery.

"Oh my God, is that I what I think it is?" asks one character, but viewers can''t see what she''s looking at, while another shouts repeatedly: "Where is the last time you saw bin Laden?"

The movie is Bigelow's follow-up to her Oscar-winning Hurt Locker, and has come under fire from conservatives in the US.

According to Republicans, the director was given access to classified files about the mission and that she in turn has made a propaganda film for Barack Obama.

Controversy over Zero Dark Thirty
Chandigarh upset over protests against Osama movie
Chandigarh artistes were unhappy over the protests against the shooting of Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty -- on the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

Theatre personalities and others in the creative fraternity felt the demonstrations only show India in poor light.

Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Shiv Sena supporters shouted anti-Pakistan and anti-Osama slogans at the film shoot.

US director Kathyrn Bigelow

They objected to the film unit using Pakistani flags, Urdu sign boards and other things to recreate Pakistani's Abbottabad city, where US special forces shot dead the elusive Al Qaeda chief last year.

"They are creating an issue out of nothing. Creativity should be left alone by these elements," Kuldeep Sharma, director of Tagore Theatre, the city's only theatre for arts and cultural activities, told IANS.

The Hollywood film crew, which were in the city for a long time, had ironically conducted Hindu prayers before starting work there. READ MORE

Bigelow's film runs into trouble with US lawmakers
Kathryn Bigelow's movie about the hunt and killing of the world's biggest terrorist Osama bin Laden, may have been been given confidential access by the Obama Administration for the venture, prompting a US lawmaker to question the move.

Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal, the award winning team behind the Iraq war film The Hurt Locker have been developing a project on the search for bin Laden since 2008. Boal, a former magazine journalist who spent time with US forces in Iraq, wants to depict decade-long secret operations to kill or capture the al Qaeda leader.

Drawing attention of the administration to a media report that the Sony Pictures and Bigelow have been given access to confidential information, New York Republican Congressman Peter T King has said it is the duty of the authorities to inform public and lawmakers before declassifying such matters. FULL STORY

(With additional inputs from IANS, PTI)

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First Published: Aug 07, 2012 13:48 IST

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