August 7th, 2012
06:18 PM ET

First look at the Osama bin Laden movie

By Larry Shaughnessy

Hollywood loves a scandal, and it has one in a movie that drew criticism before filming began.

"Zero Dark Thirty" is about the hunt for and the eventual killing of Osama Bin Laden, made by Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal, the team who made the Oscar-winning film "The Hurt Locker."

The movie was originally said to be be releasing just before the election, but after Republican complaints that it was a Pro-Obama ad, it was pushed back until December.  Although there is some dispute if  it was ever meant to release before December.

But the trailer has been released. It's highly stylized assortment of clips from the movie, most of them made to look like satellite images you might see if you were in the CIA war room.

There are two mentions of bin Laden, but none of President Obama. And the film's screenwriter told Entertainment Weekly magazine that Obama's not mentioned in the film either. EW is owned by CNN parent company Time Warner.

"A lot of people are going to be surprised when they see the film. For example, the president is not depicted in the movie. He's just not in the movie," Boal said.

The movie's been the focus of a Washington partisan fight since last summer. The Department of Defense said it would investigate whether there was any impropriety in aiding the making of the movie. The CIA is also accused of giving the filmmakers too much access.

The probe by the Pentagon's inspector general came after questions were raised by Rep. Peter King, R-New York.

He demanded investigations by the Department of Defense and CIA inspectors general into what, if any, classified information about special operations tactics, techniques, and procedures were leaked to the filmmakers, calling the film a "potentially dangerous collaboration" between liberal filmmakers and the administration.

Some of what those investigations found did show collaboration between the administration and the filmmakers, but DoD and White House officials have said it's no different than what they give many filmmakers and news reporters on a regular basis.

soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Kay R

    If an unheard of u-tube "movie" solicited all the murder and mayhem that started on 9.11.12, it will be very interesting to see the reaction to this movie from the "muslim extremists".

    September 17, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Reply
  2. EvilWorm

    Does X-Pez. Bush get to land on a aircraft carrier in this movie?

    August 18, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Reply
  3. WIlson

    I believe Seal Team 6 is another name for DEVGRU, just a little more catchier.
    (If you trust WP)

    August 12, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Reply
  4. sigintspctr

    Thank you for this first glance at the trailer.

    Please correct me if I'm wrong, but the trailer seems inaccurate. They say something about the "Seal Team 6", which of course is the term, the media has been using. Isn't the unit actually DEVGRU ?
    Also it is kind of strange, they accuse the film of being a compromise to national security...
    "Act of Valor", a mostly conservative, "advertisement movie" for American Special Forces has been showing tactics and gear and nobody seems to care, since it doesn't portray thoughts contrary to those of right-wing groups.
    Now they fear "Zero Dark Thirty" might include critical opinions and/or gives President Obama too much support ?
    That of course is just a wild guess, but it seems strange.
    I would like to hear what you think about these things
    (Please forgive me for making errors in spelling/grammer, as English isn't my first language)


    August 8, 2012 at 6:47 am | Reply

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