Video: “Zero Dark Thirty” trailer

posted at 5:31 pm on August 6, 2012 by Allahpundit

I know, I know, the White House’s relationship to this movie is dodgy (albeit not as dodgy as it once was) and so none of us wants to admit that it looks good. But seriously: How could it not be good? How terribly amateurish would a film about the Bin Laden raid have to be for you not to enjoy it? We all know where it’s going and we all know we’re going to relish that scene immensely, so as long as it doesn’t bog down in heavy-handed foreign policy didacticism along the way, it’s a lead-pipe cinch to work. Some victories are so glorious that no serious artistic treatment of them can fail to compel. There may be “bad” movies about D-Day or Iwo Jima out there, for instance, but if there are, I haven’t seen ’em.

As long as they do right by the scene where you-know-who gets shot in the face, they’re golden.

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I might actually see it. The decision to roll it out after the election bought significant goodwill with me.

LukeinNE on August 6, 2012 at 7:52 PM

So…if there’s no birth certificate, our intel guys are all “crap, we might as well go home”.


Because the third world keeps fantastic birth records and that’s mainly what we rely on to ID adult terrorists.

TexasDan on August 6, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Believe me: I have a clue. And I’ve heard that phrase used countless times.

JoeShmoe99 on August 6, 2012 at 5:34 PM

I’ve always heard it referred to as “oh dark thirty”.

Bitter Clinger on August 6, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Zero? I though “how odd” it’s OH-dark-thirty. I used to be in the Army Infantry via Ft. Benning and I’ve never in my life heard ZERO-dark-thirty ever. It’s like the title was written by a Hollywood lefty trying to be cool and inside

Mojave Mark on August 6, 2012 at 8:12 PM

It’s odd that they would use that phrase, since they were likely referring to the Courier Al Kuwaiti, aka AKA Irshad Hussein, and
he did have a definite DOB the overheard words suggest part of an interrogation, perhaps with Hassan Ghul, or one of the other figures.

narciso on August 6, 2012 at 8:38 PM

If it’s half as good as the now unobtainable “The Path to to 9/11” everything’s gonna be just fine.

(Could make a hellva double-feature…)

Bruno Strozek on August 6, 2012 at 8:38 PM

I wonder if the good Pakistani Doctor who is being tortured in jail right now for giving up OBL is getting a cameo or royalties?///

katy on August 6, 2012 at 8:53 PM

How terribly amateurish would a film about the Bin Laden raid have to be for you not to enjoy it?

About as amateurish as The Hurt Locker.

Mr. Arkadin on August 6, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Yes, they’ve been running that the other day, and I know a drama about EOD’s in Iraq can’t be a barrel of laughs, but it was fairly arduous.

narciso on August 6, 2012 at 8:59 PM

How terribly amateurish would a film about the Bin Laden raid have to be for you not to enjoy it?

Depends on how much screen time it devotes to the Gutsy Call and the supreme heroism of our Dear Leader as he takes a moment away from his golf game, risking the ire of Valeria Jarrett…

malclave on August 6, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Lol… anyone who really thinks OBL was killed in May 2011 is so hilariously naive.

iamse7en on August 6, 2012 at 9:13 PM

iamse7en on August 6, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Tinfoil hat store is this way —->

strictnein on August 6, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Couple of points, was Army and as somone up thread said for slang it was always oh dark thirty. I was also stationed at a Joint Service Command and herad zero dark thirty from mostly the Sailors and Marines.

As far as this movie is concerned if it really is to this mission as Hurt Locker was to EOD then it is a comedy, a comedy of errors.

A former Army EOD Tech tried to sue Biggelo and others saying that they stole the character from him, he said that Jeremy Renners character was him, many of us tech’s laughed our assses off saying we would be ashamed to say this was based on any of us, Needless to say the judge threw the case out. Last I heard he was planning an appeal. I guess even EOD Techs can be dumb asses once in a while.

D-fusit on August 6, 2012 at 9:55 PM

D-fusit on August 6, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Maybe the OH versus ZERO thing is an Army Navy thing.

It’s like the Army’s HOO-uh versus the Marine’s hoo-RAH.

Mojave Mark on August 6, 2012 at 10:11 PM

In my days in the Corps, zero dark thirty was always used as a joke
If we mentioned the time the correct usage was “oh three hundred” for example never ”oh three hundred hours”.

That said it’s a stupid title for a movie, and my gut tells me that Hollywood can and will screw up anything.

halfbaked on August 6, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Concur, the military vernacular is “oh dark thirty”.

Hollywood posers. They should be forced to watch the credits for “Act of Valor” over and over, knowing that their names are nowhere to be found.

Freelancer on August 6, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Mojave Mark on August 6, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Yep, “Oh”-dark-thirty was a euphemism for “very freak’n early” in the USMC in the early 80s.

elfman on August 6, 2012 at 11:59 PM

What a pack of lies. Everybody knows Bin Laden is tooling around Mars in a Canadian golf cart.

Kenosha Kid on August 7, 2012 at 12:28 AM

As any artilleryman will tell you, it is “zero dark thirty” rather than “oh dark thirty.” Zero has a VERY different meaning than “oh” when lobbing a 95 pound piece of high explosive over your buddies head.

A little miscommunication goes a long way. Notice the use of “zero” rather than “oh” when speaking to the fire direction center over the radio.

Eprider on August 7, 2012 at 1:11 AM

“We all know where it’s going and we all know we’re going to relish that scene immensely”


Must just be Me….. But when you walk into a room where the WORLDS RICHEST TERROR INTEL TARGET is in his Olson Twins footie pajamas surfing the web for porn and your solution is to bust a cap in his head. I don’t know…. That’s not a thing I RELISH…. But then again I would kind’a like to END (WIN) the war on TERROR… but hey… That’s just me.


donabernathy on August 7, 2012 at 1:12 AM

I’m hoping the’ll have the scene where Valerie Jarrett goes “No! No! For a third time I say Noooooooo!”

eeyore on August 7, 2012 at 1:12 AM

Oh dark thirty. What kind of FNG came up with this title?

Immolate on August 6, 2012 at 5:44 PM

The same mentality that comes up with names like “Smashing Pumpkins” or “Third Eye Blind” for rock groups.

rickv404 on August 7, 2012 at 6:09 AM

First line says it all: “We’ve spent billions of dollars and we are no closer to catching OBL!” Of course that is until the great Hopey came along and finally did what that inept George W Bush couldn’t. Please… I see where this is going right off the bat.

Maxlugar on August 7, 2012 at 7:42 AM

It’s zero dark thirty… Oh is what a woman says when she’s getting f…..

And its ooh-rah

Anyone with sense or balls would have called it Beer Thirty over Zero Dark Thirty

jdkchem on August 7, 2012 at 9:16 AM

I suppose this will have corpsemen in it.

claudius on August 7, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Good news:

Muslims will be replaced with Tea-Party extremists so as not to offend anyone. The word terrorist will be used only in connection with Christians who are opposed to gay marriage. The invasion will take place in Texas rather than Pakistan. In the end credit will be given to Obama and the soon-to-be-unionized TSA.

God Allah bless America the UN!

sdbatboy on August 7, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Meh. I got a sneak preview copy of the film from someone who used to work in the movie industry.
The film starts with the first WTC attack and highlights Clinton’s gutsy call to bomb an aspirin factory in retaliation. Unexpectedly the film fast forwarded to 2010 and then proceeded to spend the next 45 minutes with lots of angry yelling of “Obama willed it, it must be done. FIND OSAMA!” and “So help me Obama, tell me when you saw Bin Laden last. WHEN!”
I figured there might be some mention of how the location info was found….but it seemed like it came in from a unicorn riding lightwaves.

smfic on August 7, 2012 at 4:59 PM

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