If you're anything like me, you're not interested in some boring movie blogger shoving hundreds of movie recommendations down your throat each week, and, instead, would like a brilliant (and handsome) movie blogger (ahem, ahem) to make things much easier by giving you only one movie recommendation for you to either accept or ignore. And that's where I come in: welcome to my new weekly post, Pic of the Week. Each week I'll take a look at the films arriving in theaters and on DVD, and based on my unbelievably vast knowledge of all things movie-related, I will give you my best recommendation for the week.
This week we're going to ignore the giant robotic blockbuster directed by Michael Bay and recommend a smaller film that absolutely tore up the festival circuit with fantastic reviews: The Hurt Locker. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow (Near Dark, Point Break), the film follows an elite bomb squad unit in Iraq whose job it is to defuse deadly bombs in the middle of fierce combat. Those looking for a gritty action flick with substance should definitely seek this out.
Currently running at a whopping 97% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, here are a few quotes from critics regarding The Hurt Locker:
"The Hurt Locker is a small classic of tension, bravery, and fear, which will be studied twenty years from now when people want to understand something of what happened to American soldiers in Iraq." The New Yorker
"An intense, action-driven war pic, a muscular, efficient standout that simultaneously conveys the feeling of combat from within as well as what it looks like on the ground." – Entertainment Weekly
"The Hurt Locker is a near-perfect movie about men in war, men at work. Through sturdy imagery and violent action, it says that even Hell needs heroes." – Time Magazine
The Hurt Locker arrives in theaters this weekend.