This one-sheet for Kathryn Bigelow‘s The Hurt Locker (due sometime in ’08) feels to me like one of the greatest war-film posters I’ve ever seen. For the brutal squalor of it, the hellish atmosphere, and because of the guy on the ground looking back and to his left and straight at us.
He seems to be saying, “You just gonna sit there or what?” That expression — the decision to make his face almost the entire point of the poster, the fact that he’s got that thousand-yard stare — is some kind of genius. Hats off to the art director who threw it together.
Except I can’t identify the actor. I’ve looked at head-shots of the whole Hurt Locker cast — Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Ralph Fiennes, Guy Pearce –and I’m coming up blank.