Kathryn Bigelow goes back into the war zone with ZERO DARK THIRTY
Director Kathryn Bigelow has been making furious films for decades now. The first movie I ever saw by her was Blue Steel (1989) a tense thriller about a female police officer (Jamie Lee Curtis) and a psychotic stalker (Ron Silver). Then in 1991 came Point Break an action packed crime film about a hot shot FBI agent (Keanu Reeves) who goes undercover as a surfer to track down a gang of serial bank robbers. The next movie she made that I really enjoyed was Strange Days (1995) which is set in a dystopian future Los Angeles and stars Ralph Fiennes as a dealer of electronic devices that gives the user the experience of being in someone else’s mind. We also can’t forget to mention the 80s vampire-road movie Near Dark which is now a cult favorite. As you can see she’s got some pretty great films under her belt.
Kathryn Bigelow’s latest project is another war thriller in the tradition of her 2008 Academy Award winning film The Hurt Locker called Zero Dark Thirty. It focuses on the decade long hunt for the world’s most wanted terrorist Osama Bin Laden following the catastrophic attacks on 9/11. Since we now know the outcome of that search, the real thrill of this story will come from all the information about what we never really heard about as far as how the intelligence gatherers and Navy SEALs performed their operations behind the scenes. Bigelow and her writers were even given special access to the operation’s information by President Obama, so there’s no doubt this film will contain a fact based, reality driven narrative. We can’t wait to see it!
Zero Dark Thirty stars Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Mark Strong, Edgar Ramirez, Jennifer Ehle, Chris Pratt and Kyle Chandler. It is scheduled for release on December 19, 2012.