in about 100 words or less
USA 131m, Colour
Director: Kathryn Bigelow; Cast: Jeremy Renner; Anthony Mackie; Brian Geraghty; Christian Camargo; Evangeline Lilly; Ralph Fiennes, David Morse; Guy Pearce
The Hurt Locker is a realistic-looking account of an American military explosive disposal team who are stationed in Iraq and who spend most every day attempting to safely rid the country of unexploded improvised explosive devices. What sets this film apart from most other war-genre films is that it does not rely on a stereotypical plot to drive the action, but rather, we simply witness the events and the resulting individual tensions which arise between those involved. In stark contrast to the ugliness of the war, The Hurt Locker is beautifully filmed; and as a character study, the effects of this most dangerous job are dramatically manifest in compelling ways through each member of the team (Klaus Ming March 1, 2010).