Elite squad in Iraq

2010-04-09 00:00

THE Oscar-winning and critically acclaimed Iraqi war film, The Hurt Locker, is one of two new films opening in Pietermaritzburg this weekend.

Starring best-actor Oscar nominee, Jeremy Renner, and directed by Oscar winner, Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker is an intense portrayal of elite soldiers who have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world — disarming bombs in the middle of military combat.

When new sergeant James (Renner) takes over a highly trained bomb disposal team amid violent conflict, he surprises his two subordinates, Sanborn and Eldridge (Anthony Mackie and Brian Geraghty), by recklessly plunging them into a deadly game of urban combat.

As the men struggle to control their wild new leader, the city explodes into chaos, and James’s true character reveals itself in a way that will change each man forever.

Speaking about the film, Bigelow says: “When Mark Boal, the writer, came back from a reporting trip to Iraq, he told me stories about men in the army who disarm bombs in the heat of combat. [And] when I learned that these men volunteer for this dangerous work, and often grow so fond of it that they can imagine doing nothing else, I knew I had found my next film.”

Also new to CineCentre this weekend is the Steve Carell (The 40 Year Old Virgin, The Office) and Tina Fey (Baby Mama, 30 Rock) comedy Date Night directed by Shawn Levy.

The film tells the story of Phil and Claire Foster, whose weekly date night is turned upside down when they impersonate another couple, the Tripplehorns, to secure a table at the hottest restaurant in town.

The real Tripplehorns, it turns out, are a thieving couple who are being hunted down by a pair of corrupt cops for having stolen property from some very dangerous people.

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