Fiennes and Pearce in Bigelow's Hurt Locker
Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie and Brian Geraghty are set to appear in The Hurt Locker, the Kathryn Bigelow directed film about an elite bomb disposal group in Iraq. Ralph Fiennes and Guy Pearce also have cameo appearances in the film.
The story comes from the journalist Mark Boal who spent time with the Army Explosive Ordinance Disposal team in Iraq on active duty. He then took his experiences and wrote them into a fictional story.
According to Mark Boal's comments from Reuters through Yahoo News, he wanted to be the first film to show the actual experiences of soldiers on tour in Iraq.
"We wanted to show the kinds of things that soldiers go through that you can't see on CNN, and I don't mean that in a censorship-conspiracy way. I just mean the news doesn't actually put photographers in with units that are this elite…
… It's really exciting for me, coming out of the world of journalism, to have a movie come out about a conflict while the conflict is still going on."
Well I think that's a bad turn of phrase at the end, but still it sounds like an excellent film. I'm interested to see if they do manage to make this feel like actual events, and if soldiers would agree that it does reflect their actual job.
I think that would be the real reason behind making a film about soldiers while that war is still ongoing, to portray the actual experiences of the men and women fighting in that war. Otherwise the danger is that the film begins to influence people's opinions and beliefs of a real event without actually presenting the correct facts.
However, all that said, I don't think this will be the case here, and we could be seeing the closest thing to the soldiers active duty without actually watching a documentary or being there. Kathryn Bigelow is an interesting choice for directing the film, and now with Ralph Fiennes and Guy Pearce popping up, I think this could well be worth a watch.