Zero Dark Thirty

In the world of military language, zero dark thirty (or oh dark thirty) is a term used to say 12:30 a.m.

Although the actual mission to kill Osama Bin Laden took place later in the morning on May 2, 2011 by the U.S. Navy’s elite SEAL Team Six, Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty” concentrates on the lead up to the kill. The project’s first trailer, a highly stylized teaser that barely tops one minute, was released Monday. The backstory behind the raid, including the decade-long hunt for Bin Laden and the intel gathered over time sits front and center in the trailer. Black lines suggesting redacted information on classified documents runs through the trailer over video images of recorded places.

The film has already come under fire, with officials questioning whether the Defense Department released classified information to Bigelow and writer and producer Mark Boal. Emails released in May showed the Obama administration offering Bigelow and Boal an opportunity to speak with a SEAL Team Six commander. According to a Pentagon official, however, the meeting never took place. A SEAL team planner’s name was released to the filmmakers, but the Pentagon says that no security violation took place by doing so.

The film is slated to open on December 19, the film stars Joel Edgerton, Jessica Chastain, Edgar Ramirez, Mark Strong, Kyle Chandler, Nash Edgerton, Jennifer Ehle, Harold Perrineau and Frank Grillo. Watch the trailer here. Leave your thoughts in the comments. For more, follow @alexandracheney on Twitter.


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