Sony Pictures’ Zero Dark Thirty already has an impressive list of awards from the National Board Review, including Best Film, Best Director, and Best Actress. From the 78th New York Film Critics Circle Awards the film has won Best Film, Best Director, and Best Cinematographer. The awards for this film may not be over yet. Zero Dark Thirty is starting to generate a lot of Oscar Buzz.
This thriller directed and co-produced by Kathryn Bigelow and screenplay writer Mark Boal takes place after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 until Osama bin Laden’s death on May 2011. Kathryn Bigelow is the first woman to receive an Oscar award for Best Director. She received this Oscar for her low-budget film titled “Hurt Locker” that is about the Iraq War.
Zero Dark Thirty’s running time is an impressive two and half hours, which covers the almost ten full years it took to find Osama bin Laden. The story reveals the complicated and “tortuous” work of Navy Seals uncovering information to find bin Laden. Maya played by Jessica Chastain quickly becomes the heroine to get the job done. She chases information in search of Osama bin Laden. As she does, her feminine character develops becoming more complex and intense. By the time the story line approaches the well-known end of Osama bin Laden’s death, Maya’s voyage is filled with investigative inquiry, suspense and violence. The movie also stars Chris Pratt (plays Justin), Kyle Chandler (Plays Joseph), Edgar Ramirez (plays Larry), Joel Edgerton (plays Patrick), and Mark Strong (plays George). Alexandre Desplat composed the film’s score.
This fictional movie covers historical events and locations, including the terrorist attack on September 11, torture chambers, CIA black ops sites, and the London bombings in 2005. The film was not actually shot in Pakistan, but in Jordan and India. In spite of its filming location, the movies shots and story line reveals a believable story and characters. In a recent press conference covered in movieline, Boal revealed Maya’s character is real. He stated, “I want to emphasize that it’s a character in a film, but based on a real person.”
The reviews for this film are positive and promising. Rotten Tomatoes has labeled this film as 100% fresh and Metacritic has given Zero Dark Thirty an impressive score of 98. According to the Guardian, “Kathryn Bigelow’s latest war thriller is a riveting account of the hunt for Bin Laden which imagines a remorseless CIA agent battling dead ends and the doubts of her colleagues.”
After pushing back the date, the new release date is January 11, 2013. This new date will keep viewers waiting a little longer until after the new year and will be closer to the Oscars awards. You can continue to check back right here at New Movie Launches for the latest news, inside reports, trailers, pictures, and videos about the film.