The highly controversial motion picture “Zero Dark Thirty” directed by highly-acclaimed Academy Award winning director Kathryn Bigelow opened to nationwide release on Friday after being available at a handful of theaters in Los Angeles and New York for several weeks – to qualify it for Academy Award consideration. The movie, released by Sony Pictures is described as a CIA thriller, detailing the search for and killing of former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden who was responsible for the horrific 9-11 attacks on the United States in 2001.
Despite its limited release, the movie has already grossed $5.2 million and is expected to be very successful at box offices throughout the nation.
Besides being an obviously interesting topic to movie-goers, the movie has been the most-publicly and media discussed motion picture to come along in a long time due to its extremely controversial depiction of torture. A Senate Intelligence Committee in the United States Congress has even discussed the movie and its messages to the public.
“Zero Dark Thirty”, directed by Kathryn Bigelow who is the first female director to have won a director’s Oscar for “The Hurt Locker”, was written by Mark Boal. The team of actors includes Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Ehle, Mark Strong, Kyle Chandler, Edgar Ramirez, James Gandolfini, and Chris Pratt. The producers are Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Megan Ellison, and executive producer Greg Shapiro. The music for the film was composed by Alexandre Desplat.
The other historic, political movie currently at the box offices throughout the nation is "Lincoln" distributed by DreamWorks. Both movies - "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Lincoln" have been nominated for Best Picture Oscar awards.
The film is released by Sony/Columbia.