Trailer Tuesday: The Hurt Locker
Since July I've been hearing exceptionally good things about action war drama, The Hurt Locker. Now, finally watching the trailer, I can begin to understand why the film has been hyped to the (dangerous) extreme it has.
The Hurt Locker centres on the US military's elite Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) squad, who, in 2004, had one of the most dangerous jobs in the world: disarming an apparently endless series of roadside bombs in Baghdad, while battling insurgents and, more often enough, each other. Essentially an independent film, The Hurt Locker stars the underrated Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, along with the more recognisable faces of Ralph Fiennes, David Morse, Evangeline Lilly and Guy Pearce.
The Hurt Locker is written by Mark Boal, a journalist who was embedded with a special bomb unit in Iraq, and witnessed firsthand the immense stress these men live with as they attempt to protect lives and perform a job where there is zero margin for error. The film is the pet project of director Kathryn Bigelow, who is arguably the best female action filmmaker working today - having previously made Point Break and Strange Days among other movies.
It's been a while since there's been a really good war movie that explores exactly what warfare does to the psyche of soldiers. And apparently The Hurt Locker is one of the best. The film has won an impressive number of awards since it began touring the international film festival circuit, including the SIGNIS Grand Prize for the Best Film at the 2008 Venice Film Festival, where The Hurt Locker made its debut.
Along with many Best Film accolades from assorted critics' bodies, director Bigelow and leading man Renner have been receiving most of the awards attention. Currently The Hurt Locker is nominated for Best Picture (Drama), Best Director and Best Screenplay at the 67th Golden Globe Awards, and the film is a shoo-in to receive similar attention come Oscar nomination time in late January 2010.
The Hurt Locker was released in cinemas in the United States all the way back on 26 June. Unfortunately, despite the fact that 6 months have already passed, South Africans are still waiting for an official release date sometime in 2010. Hopefully the awards buzz surrounding the film will ensure we get to see it before the end of March.