Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker” sure hasn’t had an easy time of it getting into theaters. It’s had a very strange shelf life, including Festival showings in 2008, but in 2009 it’s finally landing in theaters on June 26. We’re probably looking at a limited release here, as the producers and studios seem to have finally “got” it that movie audiences just don’t care about an Iraq War film, even one that seems to be all about the action and less about the politics as Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker”. This new trailer is trying to sell just that: a pure action movie that just happens to be set in a controversial war.
The Hurt Locker, winner of the 2008 Venice Film Festival SIGNIS Grand Prize, is a riveting and suspenseful portrait of the elite members of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) squad, soldiers who volunteer to challenge the odds and save lives in one of the world’s most dangerous jobs. Three EOD members battle insurgents and each other as they seek out and disarm deadly bombs in a thrilling race against time. A heart-pounding, edge-of-your-seat look at the effects of combat and danger on the human psyche, The Hurt Locker, meaning a place of ultimate pain, is based on the first-hand observations of journalist and screenwriter Mark Boal, who was embedded with a special bomb unit in Iraq. It is a gripping portrayal of real-life sacrifice and heroism and a layered, probing study of the soul-numbing rigors and potent allure of the modern battlefield.
Starring Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Evangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes, David Morse, Guy Pearce, and directed by kathryn Bigelow (“Point Break”).
Get some June 26.