Does our angry CIA analyst enjoy the intense attention that these men pay to her? They *do* pay attention to her, in the hanger, in the desert and God only knows where else.
And Kathryn Bigelow knows only too well what men like our Seal Team 6 find attractive: sports, stealth helicopters in secret hangers, and intense 26 year old repressed redheads.
Completely deadpan, the total professional, she basks in their attention and explains where she believes Bin Laden is hiding. The men are gruff, uncertain, hostile. A mistake could land them in Pakistani prison for a very long time.
But her confidence wins them over.
Notice how much more relaxed she appears after spending a week or two "training" with her men in the desert. There in the desert the M-to-F ratio is probably about 75 to 2 or 3. If that. She could have her pick of the litter.
-1. The sequence of the briefing of the Seal Team by Maya is also a brilliant example of an explanatory scene, the highest form of filmmaking. In explanation cinema, the characters just talk to each other and explain things, no actual action is necessary. In this case, notice how the Special Forces guys make the context switch between thinking they are there for a mission in Libya to the much more interesting project of taking out UBL. Their reaction is very amusing and is one of the reasons that I think that this movie has value.
0. The day that this post went live my blog received the single largest number of views / hits of any other single day in its life. Proving one more time that sex sells.
2. Has "Beltway bodice ripper" been used before? Did I just make it up? The Beltway, for those who don't know, is the term locals use for Washington DC.