The first trailer for Zero Dark Thirty, the movie about the hunt for Osama bin Laden was making even before President Obama ordered the operation that killed him, that’s stoked controversy about the briefings Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal received about the operation, tells us little but implies much:
There’s the implication of stressful interrogations in the repeated questioning of an unpictured detainee, but no word yet on where Zero Dark Thirty will come down on torture. There’s the sense of secret history being unredacted in the black lines fading away from the title text they’ve crossed out, but also of a new one being created as a black pen eats through other lettering, through the eyes of people in photographs who have been disappeared from the world, all on its relentless way to triangulating a target. It looks like Chris Pratt and Jennifer Ehle are in the field and Kyle Chandler and Jessica Chastain are in a command center. And beyond that, it’s going to be an even longer wait until November now that we’ve seen this.