Sabin wrote:I don't think anybody's mentioned it yet, but if there's a movie this trailer reminds me of, it's Black Hawk Down.
In what possible way does it resemble BLACK HAWK DOWN? Do you mean the real life stories are similar or the movies themselves are similar? BLACK HAWK DOWN was a relentless action film. Ridley Scott's style for the entire film was loud and kinetic, which is exactly what the story needed. There was very little in terms of plot twists, dialogue, or character development. It was about realistically portraying the visceral horror of being in battle.
ZERO DARK THIRTY on the other hand looks closer to a spy procedural. It seems it will be going through how the CIA and military intelligence tracked down Bin Laden. It actually seems more like a mix of ARGO and THE DAY OF THE JACKAL, going through the slow process of gathering the information necessary to fight terrorism. To me, it actually looks like the exact opposite of BLACK HAWK DOWN, both in the writing and directing.
It was pointed out somewhere else, but it actually reminds me of the Showtime series Homeland.
Here is the trailer for BLACK HAWK DOWNhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUJ6cxWdZwA
Here is the trailer for Homelandhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4-KYAWPKzY
It seems redacting text in trailers is popular these days.
It will be interesting to see how general audiences react to this film. On the one hand, the killing of Osama Bin Laden united this country for a few days in a way I have not seen since 9/11. On the other hand, after the celebrations died down, folks who hate the President realized how much this would help his re-election. Republicans, Fox News, and other conservatives started working to undermine Obama's triumph. They even went so far as to accuse the President of giving Kathryn Bigelow sensitive information. These attacks forced the film to push its release date until after the election. I am not sure if all the folks who do not like Obama are going to boycott the film, or if their interest in seeing how it all went down will override their dislike of the President.
However this film does at the box-office, I think the Academy will respond well. I think nominations for Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Editing, Cinematography, Sound, Sound Editing, are pretty good. The big question is if there are any likely acting nominations. Supporting Actress for Jessica Chastain seems like the best possibility, but it is hard to tell. She appears the most of anyone in the trailer, but then does not say a word.
I know I am certainly looking forward to it. The quality of the trailer certainly has me confident in the quality of the film.
"When it comes to the subject of torture, I trust a woman who was married to James Cameron for three years."
-- Amy Poehler in praise of Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow