|Men on a mission|
With the release of 'Zero Dark Thirty,' we lock and load with these classic adventures
By Richard T. Jameson
First they made "The Hurt Locker"; then their blistering modern war
film made them Academy Award winners. Even as they collected their Oscars,
director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter-producer Mark Boal were already at
work on something tentatively tagged "The Hunt for Osama bin Laden." Following
the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, myriad arms of the U.S. military and intelligence
services were overturning every stone, real and metaphorical, to find the
al-Qaeda leader. Both hunts — the real-world one and the filmmakers' — were
works-in-progress till May 1, 2011, when SEAL Team 6 terminated the
perpetrator-in-chief with extreme prejudice. And Bigelow and Boal's heretofore
open-ended script took a new turn.
"Zero Dark Thirty," as their movie was ultimately titled, focuses on the nearly decade-long pursuit of bin Laden from the perspective of a CIA analyst and her cohort. Yes, "her": for the first time, the vibrant and versatile Jessica Chastain is tip of the spear of a major Hollywood production. We can't wait to see where the mission takes her and arguably the best director she's ever worked with.
But since wait we must, let's beguile the interlude considering some classic film quests by men on a mission. And by all means, the occasional woman on a mission, too. Embarkation is at zero dark thirty — you know, half an hour past midnight.For more movie news, follow MSN Movies on Facebook and Twitter.