DVD: The Hurt Locker

By admin
09 October 2010

Rating: 4/5


War drama. 2009. 125 min. With Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie and

Brian Geraghty. Director: Kathryn Bigelow. 16LV.

THIS is the film that beat Avatar (directed by Bigelow’s ex, James Cameron) at the Oscars, winning six of the nine awards it was nominated for including Best Picture.

Bigelow also became the first woman to win Best Director. But this is no chick flick. It’s about a three-man US Army team doing what must be the most dangerous job on Earth–disarming homemade bombs amid the chaos of urban warfare in Baghdad, where everyone could be the enemy and every minute could be your last.

What motivates these men? It’s not the pay or patriotism, Bigelow suggests, but their addiction to the adrenaline of danger – for them “war is the drug”. She puts you right in the action as she explores each man’s way of dealing with the stress.

With fantastic performances and faultless cinematography and editing it’s one of the grittiest and most realistic combat films ever, yet it never resorts to the empty, noisy heroics so typical of Hollywood war movies.

This tough, disturbing flick is a riveting must-see.

Bonus: featurettes, interviews.

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