Kathryn Bigelow’s latest film, “Zero Dark Thirty,” about the U.S. raid on Osama Bin Laden, has come under fire by right-wing nabobs. They claim it’s a political commercial for President Obama. Only one problem; it comes out weeks after the election. So what’s the beef?
Apparently it’s not the film, but its first trailer that’s causing the rub. It has just been released to promote the picture.
The 2:14 clip doesn’t even mention the president. Even so, critics are complaining… because it could remind the public that the Obama gave the order to take out the Al Qaeda leader, something the Bush administration failed to do, according to the Rupert-Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal.
Whether Obama will even figure in the film remains to be seen. Most of the focus appears to be on the elite team of intelligence agents and military operatives who worked in secret for a decade to hunt down bin Laden. Jessica Chastain plays a CIA operative, who is the film’s protagonist.
Conservative commentators note that the Pentagon and the CIA cooperated with the filmmakers and both organizations have been positive about the film so far. That suggests it will be pro-administration, they say.
But Bigelow demonstrated as director of 2008 movie “The Hurt Locker” that she can be politically dispassionate about an intensely political subject. Instead of the politics of the war, she focused on the human drama of soldiers in the field.
As such, it’s hard to believe “Zero Dark Thirty,” will be anything less. In fact, the right wing dust up over the trailer is probably doing more to help Obama by calling attention to the connection than the film’s marketing will.
For its part, the trailer is a riddle wrapped in an enigma, just the way Bigelow likely intended it. It offers glimpses of a shadowy world that ranges from the cubicles of CIA government offices to the hot sands of Afghanistan.
“Zero Dark Thirty” hits theaters on Dec. 19. Check out the trailer below, and click here to follow TheImproper on Twitter for more film updates.