Great Poster for Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker
There is one movie I kept missing up in Toronto called The Hurt Locker, an Iraq War movie about an elite Army bomb squad. So why should you care about yet another Iraq movie? Well this one is supposedly one of the best movies set in that part of the world. Jeffrey Wells at Hollywood Elsewhere has got his hands on some sort of brand new poster for the film and I agree with him - it looks great. It's a simple visual marketing gimmick but it works. And maybe this kind of marketing will actually help this gain some buzz, because right now it has absolutely none, despite being one of the most praised movies in Toronto.
"The Hurt Locker is like having your heart operated on by a construction worker wielding a power pneumatic nail-driver. And the high-voltage stuff, which happens often, is, no joke, on the level of the armed creature-hunting and creature-evading sequences in Aliens." That's what Jeffrey Wells had to say about The Hurt Locker after his screening up in Toronto. Although I don't always trust his opinion, that sentence alone was enough to convince me that I need to see this. And he's not the only one - there are plenty more who loved it. It sounds like it's more than just an Iraq War movie.
Iraq. Forced to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in the chaos of war, an elite Army bomb squad unit must come together in a city where everyone is a potential enemy and every object could be a deadly bomb.
The Hurt Locker is directed by Kathryn Bigelow, of Blue Steel, Point Break, and K-19: The Widowmaker previously. The original screenplay was written by newcomer Mark Boal who had a hand in devising the story for In the Valley of Elah. The film stars Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Guy Pearce, Ralph Fiennes, and David Morse. Summit Entertainment picked up the distribution rights during the festival and will be debuting this in limited theaters either later this year or early next year.