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Gregory James LTC OSD
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Mehal, Robert CDR OSD
Friday, July 08, 2011 10:41
Vickers, Michael HON OSD OUSDI
Gentile, Philip COL OSD OUSDI; Lowery, Todd CIV OSD OUSDI;
Weinstein, Douglas OSD OUSDI
UBL Movie
Sir, Doug and are trying get Mark and Kathryn your schedule next week. They are
town 15-22 Jul (but you will TDY 18-22). included the link and the long version the
article. Vr/Bob
Bin Laden: The Movie

Boston Review team highly trained special forces-Navy Seals willing die for their country-had
helicoptered deep into Pakistan and entered Bin Ladens secret compound late-night
surprise attack. firefight with Bin Ladens armed bodyguards followed, ...
Bin Laden: The Movie
The director The Hurt Locker takes the 9/11 mastermind Alan Stone Jonathan Olley
Summit Entertainment The first account Osama Bin Ladens death was like the screenplay for John Wayne movie. team highly trained special forces-Navy Seals willing die for
their country-had helicoptered deep into Pakistan and entered Bin Ladens secret compound late-night surprise attack. firefight with Bin Ladens armed bodyguards followed,
which amazingly none the Seals were injured killed. The stronghold was secured. When
the Seals reached Bin Ladens living quarters, the armed leader Qaeda tried use one his wives human shield, sharp-shooting Seal aimed high and blew away the top
his head.
Old-fashioned justice was served, not the law the books, but the law the Western
frontier that has long been cinemas stock and trade. The villain dies with gun his
hand, and the hero the white hat, honest and honorable, overcomes impossible odds. The
familiar narrative sent people out into the streets waving American flags triumph and
chanting, U.S.A., U.S.A., Americans reportedly first did when our ragtag hockey team
upset Soviet professionals the 1988 Winter Olympics. This the version Bin Ladens
death that most Americans wanted hear, having waited for decade after 9/11 get the
guy who did it. the days that followed, learned that this story was far from the truth, which emerged
more slowly and disjointedly. The raid had not been flawless: one the high-tech choppers
had gone down for unexplained reasons and had destroyed; the Seals faced almost
armed resistance; Bin Laden himself was not armed, nor did use his wife shield; and
two Seals shot him close range, one bullet hitting him the head, the other the
chest. Many the Muslim world thought died martyr.
Which version the story will take its place popular history? doubt Hollywood will
have something say about that. Only days after Bin Ladens corpse slid into the Arabian
Sea, Hollywood director, Kathryn Bigelow, announced that screenplay was underway and the
first actor had been cast. fact Bigelow and writer Mark Boal had already been working
screenplay dealing with the search for Bin laden. Now they had ending.
Bigelow and Boal have collaborated before-on the screenplay and co-producers The Hurt
locker, which earned Bigelow Oscar for direction, the first ever won woman.
emotionally charged Oscar night, Bigelow took Best Picture from her former husband and
collaborator James Cameron, whose blockbuster Avatar was favored. Bigelow had tried
blockbuster herself, the confusingly titled K-19: The Widowmaker (2002), based true
story about Soviet atomic submarine that nearly exploded 1961. When the subs cooling
system was compromised, Soviet officers faced impossible dilemma: risk deadly radiation
allow nuclear explosion that would surely lead the third world war. Bigelow had $100
million budget, first-rate cast, and interesting idea: ordinary, even politically
placed, officers with all the petty interests self-serving human beings would unexpectedly the right thing and save the world. According the Web site Box Office Mojo, the film
lost about $35 million theaters. few years later, while her ex-husband was making one the most expensive movies Hollywood history, Bigelow looked for low-budget project.
Only days after Bin Ladens corpse slid into the Arabian Sea, Kathryn Bigelow announced that screenplay was underway.
She found Boal, journalist who had worked for Playboy and written about the Iraq War. That
tragic, senseless slaughter Iraqis and the sacrifice young American lives grinds
under the Petraeus military strategy that asks our troops bribe their way into the good
graces people whose lives have ruined. this were the plot for Hollywood movie,
one would believe it.
American movie audiences have little interest films based the Iraq War. But they
care deeply about the soldiers who have fought there. And Boals reporting focused the
plight our soldiers, not the progress our war. His first screenplay seems have been
based the work other reporters who tracked down series ghastly murders committed soldiers returned from Iraq. The message that film, the Valley Elah (2007), was
that the horror Iraq was turning our soldiers-our children-into monsters. Boal carefully
stayed away from the psychiatric jargon post-traumatic stress disorder, instead focusing how the war was destroying the humanity our soldiers: they had become lost souls,
price too high even the name god and country. The film was succes destime mostly
because Tommy Lee Joness performance the father veteran murdered other
soldiers. important antiwar film.
When Boal connected with Bigelow, was working screenplay about his experience
journalist embedded with bomb-defusing squad Baghdad 2004. Bigelow-who resists the
stereotypes about female directors saving from the male gaze and the chromosomes
preoccupation with violence-was interested. Her fascination with violence emerged film
school Columbia, where her student project seems almost prophetic: fifteen-minute
sequence two men (one apparently Gary Busey) beating each other, while the soundtrack
two semioticians theorize about the endless appetite for violence films. not clear
whether Bigelow, whose background avant-garde conceptual art, wanted make point
about violence whether the film was kind conceptual art with images and sounds
approaching the same subject via different tracks-the thing itself and the discourse about
it. Bigelow moved Hollywood and made films that she characterizes pushing the
medium. Near Dark (1987), about teenage vampires Oklahoma, became cult film, and Point
Break (1991) action classic. She also earned the respect critics and cineastes
one the serious people Hollywood.
Jonathan Olley Summit Entertainment
Today Bigelow famous that the Museum Modern Art recently announced retrospective. that announcement discerning anonymous critic writes Bigelow, Her characters, often
operating arena adrenaline, straddle the line between superhero and heartbreakingly
hu~an.n
There can better description The Hurt Lockers Sergeant William James,
played Jeremy Renner. (Here Cambridge, one cannot help but wonder how Boal and Bigelow
chose that name for their protagonist.) Psychologists have many good explanations for
cowardice but almost none for courage, and thus Sergeant James psychological mystery.
Bigelow has always been interested warriors, and Sergeant James may her most
intriguing, someone who cannot compassed the standard categories.
The Hurt Locker series incidents involving three-man team tasked with dismantling
improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and around Baghdad the height the insurgency.
There orienting description the military situation, geography the city,
reasons for the war: the audience left supply its own. The film begins with the line,
war drug, the subject, seems, addiction. The first scene appears filmed bystander using smart phone-it has that kind grainy quality and amateurish framing. slowly realize are watching robotic device that has been dispatched detonate what
may bomb. The weapons choice for insurgents Iraq, IEDs are primitive devices that
can nonetheless inflict considerable damage, allowing unknown killer retaliate against
high-tech American weapons and soldiers. The robot gets stuck rubble and comes halt;
that image alone might metaphor for the Iraq War. Sergeant Matthew Thompson (Guy
Pearce), head the bomb squad, dons his protective armor and waddles toward the lED. The
suspense mounts not with the subtle manipulation Hitchcock but with heart-in-your-throat
terror. The robot does not work, the armor offers protection, and Thompsons team-Sergeant Sanborn (Anthony Mackie) and Specialist Owen Eldridge (Brian Geraghty)-watch their friend
killed the bomb explodes. They are stunned, are. Bigelow makes believe that what are seeing real.
The Hurt Locker thus begins story ineptitude and futility. These are not invincible
soldiers like John Wayne. every scene soldiers risking their lives defuse bombs,
Iraqi civilians look without sympathy concern, their apathetic silence proclaiming the
hollowness this war. The insurgents who planted the bomb may even there among the
onlookers hoping see slaughter. The American troops recognize this disdain, and they
fear that every Iraqi civilian-man woman child-may suicide bomber. The mutual
hatred and contempt are palpable.
Bigelow shows quality that many directors lack: compassion enough make all her
characters human.
Thompsons death leaves his men shaken the core. Sanborn, career soldier who does
everything the book, desperately tries find safety the words his Army instruction
manuals. almost immobilized fear. For Eldridge the sergeants death the trauma
that pushes him over the edge. Alarm bells keep going off his brain; the slightest noise
startles him. can longer trust his own senses sort out the dangers faces, nor can
his fellow soldiers trust him.
Sergeant James leads these two men-one shaken and one broken. existential antihero
who believes nothing but his project, like the doctor Camuss The Plague. While Sanborn
and Eldridge their work reluctantly, filled with dread that each struggles control
his own way, James seems relish the work defusing roadside lEOs, explosives planted the
entrails dead bodies, suicide vests chained unwilling victims, booby-trapped cars.
Faced with these dangers, James shows sign reluctance. did not always succeed
might think him reckless.
Jamess project has destroyed his ability connect with his wife and children. Although
has what might called episodes human feeling which seems care about people, incapable real connection. When his rotation Iraq over, see him lost the
supermarket. the films end, deplaning Afghanistan.
But neither patriotism nor addiction that takes him back war. Sergeant James has
found his vocation. one those rare workmen who enjoys his craft above all else. The
opening line suggests that Bigelow and Boal want think are watching someone addicted the rush adrenaline. But their Sergeant James cannot reduced addict. His life,
like ours, moral adventure, and everything does, good bad, more than
reflexive habit; measure who is. And is, the anonymous critic would have
it, heartbreakingly human.
With The Hurt Locker, Bigelow shows quality that many directors lack: compassion enough
make all her characters human. any filmmaker tell the story Bin Ladens pursuit
and killing, would fortunate that she. She might not vindicate your political
sensibilities, but she will make real.
Commander Bob Mehal
Public Affairs Officer
Defense Press Operations
14ee Defense Pentagon (Rm 2D961)
Washington, 20301-1400
(703) 697-4162
Gregory, James LTC OSO
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To:
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Mehal, Robert CDR OSD
Friday, July 08, 2011 :05
Lapan, David COL OSD PA; Martin, Jeremy COL OSD
James, Darryn CAPT OSD PA; Turner, James OSD PA; Parker,
Tamara LTC OSD PA; Gregory, James LTC OSD PA; Robbins,
Elizabeth LTC OSD
FW: UBL Movie
Col Lapan, FYI/SA. Boal and Bigelow are scheduled meet with DepCIA the 15th and
trying get them Vickers schedule will work include Phil that meeting
well.
Col Martin, Please feel free forward Wilson your discretion has personally
been involved with this project.
Vr/Bob
CDR Bob Mehal
OASD(PA)
7133-697-4162
Bin Laden: The Movie

Boston Review team highly trained special forces-Navy Seals willing die for their country-had
helicoptered deep into Pakistan and entered Bin Ladens secret compound late-night
surprise attack. firefight with Bin Ladens armed bodyguards followed, ...
Bin Laden: The Movie
The director The Hurt Locker takes the 9/11 mastermind Alan Stone Jonathan Olley
Summit Entertainment The first account Osama Bin Ladens death was like the screenplay for John Wayne movie. team highly trained special forces-Navy Seals willing die for
their country-had helicoptered deep into Pakistan and entered Bin Ladens secret compound late-night surprise attack. firefight with Bin Ladens armed bodyguards followed,
which amazingly none the Seals were injured killed. The stronghold was secured. When
the Seals reached Bin Ladens living quarters, the armed leader Qaeda tried use one his wives human shield, sharp-shooting Seal aimed high and blew away the top
his head.
Old-fashioned justice was served, not the law the books, but the law the Western
frontier that has long been cinemas stock and trade. The villain dies with gun his
hand, and the hero the white hat, honest and honorable, overcomes impossible odds. The
familiar narrative sent people out into the streets waving American flags triumph and
chanting. ttU.S.A., U.S.A .... Americans reportedly first did when our ragtag hockey team
upset Soviet professionals the 1980 Winter Olympics. This the version Bin Ladens
death that most Americans wanted hear. having waited for decade after 9/11 get the
guy who did it. the days that followed, learned that this story was far from the truth, which emerged
more slowly and disjointedly. The raid had not been flawless: one the high-tech choppers
had gone down for unexplained reasons and had destroyed; the Seals faced almost
armed resistance; Bin Laden himself was not armed, nor did use his wife shield; and
two Seals shot him close range, one bullet hitting him the head, the other the
chest. Many the Muslim world thought died martyr.
Which version the story will take its place popular history? doubt Hollywood will
have something say about that. Only days after Bin Ladens corpse slid into the Arabian
Sea, Hollywood director, Kathryn Bigelow, announced that screenplay was underway and the
first actor had been cast. fact Bigelow and writer Mark Boal had already been working
screenplay dealing with the search for Bin Laden. Now they had ending.
Bigelow and Boal have collaborated before-on the screenplay and co-producers The Hurt
Locker, which earned Bigelow Oscar for direction, the first ever won woman.
emotionally charged Oscar night, Bigelow took Best Picture from her former husband and
collaborator James Cameron, whose blockbuster Avatar was favored. Bigelow had tried
blockbuster herself, the confusingly titled K-19: The Widowmaker (2882), based true
story about Soviet atomic submarine that nearly exploded 1961. When the subs cooling
system was compromised, Soviet officers faced impossible dilemma: risk deadly radiation
allow nuclear explosion that would surely lead the third world war. Bigelow had $188
million budget, first-rate cast, and interesting idea: ordinary, even politically
placed, officers with all the petty interests self-serving human beings would unexpectedly the right thing and save the world. According the Web site Box Office Mojo, the film
lost about $35 million theaters. few years later, while her ex-husband was making one the most expensive movies Hollywood history, Bigelow looked for low-budget project.
Only days after Bin Ladens corpse slid into the Arabian Sea, Kathryn Bigelow announced that screenplay was underway.
She found Boal, journalist who had worked for Playboy and written about the Iraq War. That
tragic, senseless slaughter Iraqis and the sacrifice young American lives grinds
under the Petraeus military strategy that asks our troops bribe their way into the good
graces people whose lives have ruined. this were the plot for Hollywood movie,
one would believe it.
American movie audiences have little interest films based the Iraq War. But they
care deeply about the soldiers who have fought there. And Boals reporting focused the
plight our soldiers, not the progress our war. His first screenplay seems have been
based the work other reporters who tracked down series ghastly murders committed soldiers returned from Iraq. The message that film, the Valley Elah (2887), was
that the horror Iraq was turning our soldiers-our children-into monsters. Boal carefully
stayed away from the psychiatric jargon post-traumatic stress disorder, instead focusing how the war was destroying the humanity our soldiers: they had become lost souls,
price too high even the name god and country. The film was succes destime mostly
because Tommy Lee Joness performance the father veteran murdered other
soldiers. important antiwar film.
When Boal connected with Bigelow, was working screenplay about his experience
journalist embedded with bomb-defusing squad Baghdad 2884. BigeloW-Who resists the
stereotypes about female directors saving from the male gaze and the chromosomes
preoccupation with violence-was interested. Her fascination with violence emerged film
school Columbia, where her student project seems almost prophetic: fifteen-minute
sequence two men (one apparently Gary Busey) beating each other, while the soundtrack
two semioticians theorize about the endless appetite for violence films. not clear
whether Bigelow, whose background avant-garde conceptual art, wanted make point
about violence whether the film was kind conceptual art with images and sounds
approaching the same subject via different tracks-the thing itself and the discourse about
it. Bigelow moved Hollywood and made films that she characterizes pushing the
medium. Near Dark (1987), about teenage vampires Oklahoma, became cult film, and Point
Break (1991) action classic. She also earned the respect critics and cineastes
one the serious people Hollywood.
Jonathan Olley Summit Entertainment
Today Bigelow famous that the Museum Modern Art recently announced retrospective. that announcement discerning anonymous critic writes Bigelow, Her characters, often
operating arena adrenaline, straddle the line between superhero and heartbreakingly
human. There can better description The Hurt Lockers Sergeant William James,
played Jeremy Renner. (Here Cambridge, one cannot help but wonder how Boal and Bigelow
chose that name for their protagonist.) Psychologists have many good explanations for
cowardice but almost none for courage, and thus Sergeant James psychological mystery.
Bigelow has always been interested warriors, and Sergeant James may her most
intriguing, someone who cannot compassed the standard categories.
The Hurt Locker series incidents involving three-man team tasked with dismantling
improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and around Baghdad the height the insurgency.
There orienting description the military situation, geography the city,
reasons for the war: the audience left supply its own. The film begins with the line,
war drug,n the subject, seems, addiction. The first scene appears filmed bystander using smart phone-it has that kind grainy quality and amateurish framing. slowly realize are watching robotic device that has been dispatched detonate what
may bomb. The weapons choice for insurgents Iraq, IEDs are primitive devices that
can nonetheless inflict considerable damage, allowing unknown killer retaliate against
high-tech American weapons and soldiers. The robot gets stuck rubble and comes haltj
that image alone might metaphor for the Iraq War. Sergeant Matthew Thompson (Guy
Pearce), head the bomb squad, dons his protective armor and waddles toward the lED. The
suspense mounts not with the subtle manipulation Hitchcock but with heart-in-your-throat
terror. The robot does not work, the armor offers protection, and Thompsons team-Sergeant Sanborn (Anthony Mackie) and Specialist Owen Eldridge (Brian Geraghty)-watch their friend
killed the bomb explodes. They are stunned, are. Bigelow makes believe that what are seeing real.
The Hurt Locker thus begins story ineptitude and futility. These are not invincible
soldiers like John Wayne. every scene soldiers risking their lives defuse bombs,
Iraqi civilians look without sympathy concern, their apathetic silence proclaiming the
hollowness this war. The insurgents who planted the bomb may even there among the
onlookers hoping see slaughter. The American troops recognize this disdain, and they
fear that every Iraqi civilian-man woman child-may suicide bomber. The mutual
hatred and contempt are palpable.
Bigelow shows quality that many directors lack: compassion enough make all her
characters human.
Thompsons death leaves his men shaken the core. Sanborn, career soldier who does
everything the book, desperately tries find safety the words his Army instruction
manuals. almost immobilized fear. For Eldridge the sergeants death the trauma
that pushes him over the edge. Alarm bells keep going off his brainj the slightest noise
startles him. can longer trust his own senses sort out the dangers faces, nor can
his fellow soldiers trust him.
Sergeant James leads these two men-one shaken and one broken. existential antihero
who believes nothing but his project, like the doctor Camuss The Plague. While Sanborn
andEldridge their work reluctantly, filled with dread that each struggles control
his own way, James seems relish the work defusing roadside lEOs, explosives planted the
entrails dead bodies, suicide vests chained unwilling victims, booby-trapped cars.
Faced with these dangers, James shows sign reluctance. did not always succeed
might think him reckless.
Jamess project has destroyed his ability connect with his wife and children. Although
has what might called episodes human feeling which seems care about people, incapable real connection. When his rotation Iraq over, see him lost the
supermarket. the films end, deplaning Afghanistan.
But neither patriotism nor addiction that takes him back war. Sergeant James has
found his vocation. one those rare workmen who enjoys his craft above all else. The
opening line suggests that Bigelow and Boal want think are watching someone addicted the rush adrenaline. But their Sergeant James cannot reduced addict. His life,
like ours, moral adventure, and everything does, good bad, more than
reflexive habit; measure who is. And is, the anonymous critic would have
it, heartbreakingly human.
With The Hurt locker, Bigelow shows quality that many directors lack: compassion enough
make all her characters human. any filmmaker tell the story Bin ladens pursuit
and killing, would fortunate that she. She might not vindicate your political
sensibilities, but she will make real.
Commander Bob Mehal
Public Affairs Officer
Defense Press Operations
1400 Defense Pentagon (Rm 20961)
Washington, 20301-1400
(703) 697-4162
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