Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tuesday’s Top Trailer: Zero Dark Thirty

Welcome to a weekly feature here at Movies with Abe, Tuesday's Top Trailer. One of my favorite parts about going to see movies is the series of trailers that airs beforehand and, more often than not, the trailer is far better than the actual film. Each week, I'll be sharing a trailer I've recently seen. Please chime in with comments on what you think of the trailer and how you think the movie is going to be.

Zero Dark Thirty – Opening December 19, 2012

A good teaser is supposed to show just enough to whet the appetite. This film has great credentials – Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal, the Oscar-winning director and writer of “The Hurt Locker” – and its subject matter, the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, is certainly intriguing. Visual redactions and faceless voices are effective to creative an air of mystery and suspense, and it highlights the film’s plot as its central element, rather than its cast. That said, an impressive list of names is affiliated with the film, including Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Mark Duplass, Kyle Chandler, Chris Pratt, Joel Edgerton, Harold Perrineau, Jason Clarke, and Stephen Dillane. The trailer makes it seem like much of the film will focus on the actual action overseas and the missions on the ground rather than the control room back in the United States, but it’s possible that the film will manage both, like “United 93” did. “The Hurt Locker” was an original screenplay, and so is this one, but, given that it is based on actual events, it may adhere to a stricter drama format, though the director’s previous project suggests that it will also incorporate action and suspense extremely well. No matter what, this is sure to be one of the most buzzed-about films of awards season.

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