The Hurt Locker
An elite Army explosives squad battles insurgents – and each other – as they seek out and disarm a wave of roadside bombs in Baghdad.
“The Hurt Locker” is a high-testosterone, high-voltage movie about Iraq, and Iraq soldiers by Kathryn Bigelow. That’s the only feminine thing about it is the director, who is actually renowned for doing high-testosterone movies. This is really edge-of-the-seat filmmaking. You feel that you’re there. It feels and looks like a documentary, watching guys who diffuse bombs in Iraq, and you are on the edge of your seat the entire time. The cast by intent are all young unknowns who are all very good actors, so you don’t know who’s going to live and who’s going to die, which is a very effective way of making you worry the entire time. Kathryn Bigelow also directed “Point Break” and “Strange Days”, and she is certainly a force of nature. “Hurt Locker” gets five stars. It’s a terrific movie which will make you very upset.