Monday, July 6, 2009


This film, set in 2004 Iraq about an elite bomb squad, is getting major Oscar buzz, especially for director Kathryn Bigelow. From the Chicago Tribune yesterday:
"The Hurt Locker" made its world premiere at last year's Venice Film Festival; since then, the accolades have been relentless and the early, limited-release box office figures are promising. Bigelow seems assured of an Oscar nomination. Her work here isn't as overtly stylized as her earlier, pulpier screen efforts. Or rather, it's stylized differently, as a documentary-style fiction film, shot in Jordan, using four hand-held 16 mm cameras in blasting heat and adverse conditions.

The film has great actors like Ralph Fiennes, David Morse, and Guy Pearce in supporting roles, but the main characters of the elite bomb squad are played by relative unknowns. It's out in limited release, and will open in Chicago this weekend.

Watch the opening of the film to see what all the hype is about:

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