There’s a passage in John Horn‘s recently-posted L.A. Times story about The Hurt Locker that made me extremely angry. “For all of the film’s early commercial and critical achievements,” he writes, “Summit now faces a Hurt Locker test nearly as tricky as the film’s central theme of disabling Iraqi improvised explosive devices. Younger moviegoers are not flocking to the film, which could limit its ticket sales.”
Excuse me? The Young and the Empty are paying to see big-studio CG crap but they’re steering clear of a genuinely cool, gripping and seriously thrilling film that is unquestionably among the year’s best and which runs circles around the filmmaking chops of Michael Bay and Stephen Sommers? And the youth of the nation can’t be bothered? There’s really and truly something wrong with these guys, honest to God. A deficiency in their souls.