The Hurt Locker’ is the Best Movie of the Year and BroBible Implores You to Go See It

by 9 years ago


I have a mission. My mission is to convince as many of you to go see the movie “The Hurt Locker.” Get use to that plea: go see the movie “The Hurt Locker”; you’re going to hear it ad nauseum over the next few months. In fact, I won’t stop until at least 873 of you have told me you’ve seen it (you’ll understand that seemingly random number once you’ve seen the movie). “The Hurt Locker” is the best movie of the year and demands your immediate attention.

“The Hurt Locker” jumped on my radar screen back in late June, when it was released to rave reviews. Despite the critics’ notices, however, I wasn’t eager to rush out to see a movie about a bomb unit in Iraq. I wasn’t alone; the film only took in $12,671,105 at the domestic box office. Blame it perhaps on the mood of the nation in mid-2009, but “The Hurt Locker” wasn’t exactly anyone’s idea of a grab-the-popcorn, go-watch-things-blowup summer blockbuster.

I’m almost ashamed to have waited so long — I caught it this past Saturday at a matinee on a tiny screen on 13th Street in Manhattan — but thank God I did. Director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal’s film is astonishing. You have never seen a war movie like this one. You’ve never experienced tension or suspense in a film like you will with this one. And your perception of what’s been going on in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade — not to mention the modern-day soldier’s experience over there — will be completely re-calibrated and flipped on its head by this movie. You must go see “The Hurt Locker.”

Yes, I’m jumping very late onto the bandwagon here. If you’ve been following the annual pre-Oscar flurry of critics awards, you know that “The Hurt Locker” has pretty much won every best picture award handed out, including those from the critics in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Austin, Houston, and Las Vegas, as well as the National Society of Film Critics, awarded yesterday; Bigelow has won Best Director in just as many. The film received another three nominations for the meaningless-yet-somehow-important Golden Globes.

When the Academy Award nominations are announced on Feb. 2, I’ll estimate that it will receive no less than nine nominations — definitely Picture, Director, Actor (Jeremy Renner as SFC William James), Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Editing, Visual Effects — though perhaps as many as 12 (add in Art Direction, Makeup, Costume Direction), and probably impossible but who knows 14 (add in Supporting Actor [Anthony Mackie as Sgt. JT Sanborn] and Original Score). It won’t win those all — “Avatar” will likely dominate the technical awards and the acting categories are stiff competition this year — but it’s only competition for Best Picture is “Up in the Air.” And as much as I loved George Clooney’s equally sobering take on contemporary America, “The Hurt Locker” should win Best Picture in a walk. You must go see “The Hurt Locker” to understand why.

Where? The movie officially closed on Nov. 19, but I’ve scoured through Fandango and found it playing in at least one theater in almost a dozen cities around the country. I’m guessing that when the Oscar nominations are announced on February 2 (the awards are on March 7 this year), it will receive a much wider re-release. Until then, expect to see it on the smallest screen in the cineplex if you can find it in your city at all. It’s still worth it on the small screen and may even help you not get dizzy from all the hand-held camera action.

Finally, let us know if you’ve seen it and stand up and be counted. We’re not going to stop posting about “The Hurt Locker” until we hit 873. SFC James wouldn’t want it any other way.

Here are tonight’s remaining showtimes:

New York:

Quad Cinema, 34 W. 13th St., New York, NY 10011

6:40, 9:30

Chicago area:

Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Ave., Wilmette, IL 60091

4:40, 7:20

Los Angeles:

Beverly Center Cinemas, 8522 Beverly Blvd #835, Los Angeles, CA 90048

6:15, 9:15

Washington, D.C. area:

AMC Loews Shirlington 7, 2772 South Randolph St., Arlington, VA 22206



Angelika Film Center, 500 Texas Ave., Houston, TX 77002


San Francisco:

Opera Plaza Cinema, 601 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102

4:30, 7:40


Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland, OR 97212


Atlanta area:

AMC Barrett Commons 24, 2600 Cobb Place Lane, NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144

4:10, 7:05, 10:05

Phoenix/Tempe area:

Harkins Valley Art, 509 S. Mill Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281


San Diego:

Gaslamp Stadium, 701 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

4:50, 7:30, 10:10


Riverview Theatre, 3800 S 42nd Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406


Current “Hurt Locker” Count: 7