If you are planning to watch a movie this weekend, be prepared to have a selection of some very good films to choose from; from movies with a proven track record to some that are fresh on the shelves alongside other Oscar winners, none of which make it easier to choose.
The Hurt Locker
Kathryn Bigelow, who won the Best Director Category at the recent Oscars for this movie, directs a film about the mortal dangers of being a member of a bomb disposal squad in the warzone that is Iraq. The film is based on the personal wartime experiences of journalist Mark Boal who also wrote the screenplay.
The film revolves around an elite US Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal team who navigate the streets of present-day Iraq neutralising road side bombs. Sergeant William James (Jeremy Renner) is a cowboy amongst a team who approach their jobs with caution.
As the team gets closer to going home they start to go against James’ methods. They only have 38 days left in Iraq and they all want to live to see day 39 without being sent to ‘The Hurt Locker’.
It will be out in cinemas from the 26th March 2010.
The Blind Side
Sandra Bullock, who won Best Actress at the Oscars for this role, headlines this endearing and inspirational drama from The Rookie director, John Lee Hancock, and Book of Eli producer, Andrew Kosove. The film is based on the best-selling novel by Michael Lewis, The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, which is based n a true story.
The story is about Leigh-Anne Tuohy, a wife and mother who has only ever known what it is like to live a comfortable life in total contrast to Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) an over-sized illiterate African American youth who lives, and always has lived, on the streets of Memphis. As fate would have it they cross paths one night changing each other’s lives forever.
As the story continues both Leigh-Anne and Michael learn a lot about each other and more importantly about themselves.
It is already in cinemas.