The Hurt Locker follows a team of bomb disposal experts in Iraq.
Release Date: 28 August 2009 (UK)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Cast: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty
Bomb disposal unit’s job is highly dangerous, they never know when the bomb might explode, taking their lives with it. When a new sergeant, James (Jeremy Renner), takes over leadership of the squad, his two subordinates, Sanborn (Anthony Mackie) and Eldridge (Brian Geraghty), are concerned about their new leader’s reckless style of bomb disposal.
The Hurt Locker is a very powerful film that manages to be both exiting and tender. Right from the start you are thrust into the terrifying world of the bomb team, and the tension remains taught all the way through the film: right from the first scene to the last. It effectively captures the uncertainty and constant suspicion the team are forced to face on a daily basis: there is no way they can tell who around them might be holding the detonator to the bomb they are walking up to.
The screenplay and the performances are wonderfully strong, and draw you into the world to make all the characters very likable and sympathetic. The portrayal f the soldiers have a depth and a realism that brings the situation to life. The sound is also fantastic at building and keeping the tension through out the film.
Sometimes this film can be extremely shocking and genuinely saddening, but it is also extremely exciting. This intense film balances action with a touching, very human drama.