If you’re thinking Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker” is some kind of propaganda piece that’s either pro- or anti-Iraq War invasion, you’d be wrong. I don’t think the movie takes much of a political stance either way. It’s probably the most white-knuckle, suspenseful action film I’ve seen in recent years (read my review of it here). Every minute of this movie made me nervous about what’s going to happen next, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to see a tough, no bullshit account of what it’s like to live and work in a war zone. Watch the first 8 minutes of “The Hurt Locker” below. Trust me, this is the least thrilling part; the rest of the movie amps up the suspense level to unbelievable degrees.
An intense portrayal of elite soldiers who have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world: disarming bombs in the heat of combat. When a new sergeant, James, takes over a highly trained bomb disposal team amidst violent conflict, he surprises his two subordinates, Sanborn and Eldridge, by recklessly plunging them into a deadly game of urban combat. James behaves as if he’s indifferent to death. As the men struggle to control their wild new leader, the city explodes into chaos, and James’ true character reveals itself in a way that will change each man forever.
Starring Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Guy Pearce, Ralph Fiennes, David Morse, Evangeline Lilly, and Christian Camargo. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow.
Check out the film in limited release now, or just get it when it hits DVD. It’ll be worth it. Just remember I warned you: this thing is nail-biting stuff.