Sunday, July 26, 2009
WAR IS A DRUG
Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker sits alongside Black Hawk Down as one the best modern war films in recent memory. The pure tension that you feel as a viewer while watching this tour de force -- and make no mistake, this film is a tour de force -- is remarkable. Bigelow's kinetic direction, combined with extremely sharp editing, a nervous, jittery shooting style, and dense sound design, all make for a visceral piece of grab-you-by-the-throat filmmaking. I'll have a full review soon, but it's the best action picture of the year, and one of the best movies of the year in general. Bigelow is back. Big time. It's up there with Strange Days as the best piece of work in her career. I hope she makes another film very, very soon.