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Osama bin Laden manhunt at heart of new movie 'Zero Dark Thirty'

REVIEW: He was the world's most wanted man, and for a decade, he eluded capture, until a brave team of Navy SEALs broke into his expensive Pakistan compound and sent him to whatever judgment awaits mass murderers.

Osama bin Laden's death on May 2, 2011 is the topic of Kathryn Bigelow's upcoming movie, aptly dubbed "Zero Dark Thirty," for the hour at which the raid took place.


Bin Laden himself (played by English actor Ricky Sekhon) is never seen in the film's new trailer, but that's hardly necessary. This isn't a film about him, but about the mission, fraught with danger and uncertainty.

"If you thought there was some working group coming to the rescue, then I want you to know that you're wrong," a leader grimly tells the team. "This is it. There's nobody else hidden away on some other floor. There is just us, and we are failing."

It doesn't get better for the SEALs later on, when a source with knowledge of bin Laden tells them, "You will never find him. He is one of the disappeared ones."

And the trailer just teases the audience with the scene everyone wants to see, the reenactment of the raid itself, showing armed SEALs quietly making their way towards the compound, eerily lit by the glowing green of night-vision glasses.

Kyle Chandler, Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke and Joel Edgerton are among the stars. Bigelow won the best director Oscar for her 2009 film "The Hurt Locker," the first woman to ever win that honor. Screenwriter Mark Boal, who won a writing Oscar for "Hurt Locker," has teamed with Bigelow again on this film.

"Zero Dark Thirty" hits theaters Dec. 19.

The new trailer is only available on Apple.com, but we have embedded the earlier teaser trailer for the film above.

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