For the past few months, we've been talking up a movie most people haven't even heard of: The Hurt Locker. Why haven't people heard of it? Well, one: It's directed by Kathryn Bigelow, whose biggest two previous attempts are Point Break and K-19: The Widowmaker. Two: It stars relative unknowns Jeremy Renner (S.W.A.T), Anthony Mackie (We Are Marshall) and Brian Geraghty (Jarhead).
I am by no means questioning any of their work. Bigelow is a seasoned director and has proven she's quite capable in her field, and each of the actors are solid performers. She takes the script that Mark Boal has written and brings intense emotion and drama into each scene. This is only Boal's second movie script, his first attempt was In the Valley of Elah but if he writes this well every time, then I'm looking forward see what else he can do.
The Hurt Locker opened in Italy in 2008 but is just now making its way to the States. That's not to say it hasn't been previewed in the US though. Our own Kofi Outlaw had the opportunity to watch a clip from The Hurt Locker at this year's New York Comic-Con and he said "I was blown away (no pun intended) by the segment that was screened for the audience". So far, I haven't read many negative reviews on this film and I can understand why. I have been fortunate enough to see a wee bit more than one small segment and let me tell you, it'll be a real shame if this movie falls below the radar this summer.
The story follows three EOD (Explosives Ordinance Disposal) specialists (Renner, Mackie and Geraghty) as they weave their way from bomb site to bomb site, disarming IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) and dodging death in Iraq. Guy Pearce (Memento), David Morse (Disturbia) and Ralph Fiennes (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) all make appearances in the movie and each does a fantastic job.
Summit Entertainment has released six new pictures and two clips from The Hurt Locker to help generate some buzz stateside and they are going to need it. They've decided to open the film in New York and L.A. on June 26, 2009. That's right, the same day as Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen!
Click each picture to see it in higher resolution and be sure to check out the two movie clips below.
Jeremy Renner as Staff Sergeant William James
Anthony Mackie as Sergeant JT Sanborn
Sergeant Sanborn preps Staff Sergeant James for a mission
Staff Sergeant James concentrates as he tries not to blow up
An unknown EOD Specialist is hit by a bomb blast
Here are a couple of clips from the film:
Jeremy Renner is prepared to "Die Comfortable"
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Watch out for the guy with the cell phone
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For those lucky enough to live in or near Hollywood, CA, American Cinematheque will be showing a special presentation of Kathryn Bigelow's films, including The Hurt Locker, from June 5th through the 7th at the Egyptian Theater. Bigelow will be present for each showing along with various actors from the movies. Check out Fandango for more information.
What do you think of the stills and video clips? Does this look like a movie you would enjoy seeing in the theater or will you wait for the rental?
The Hurt Locker opens in New York and L.A. June 26th with nationwide openings to follow.