I resisted seeing this movie for quite some time, although it had been recommended to me by several people. As action movies go, “The Hurt Locker” balances the chaos and utter violence of combat with the stress of conflict inactivity very well. It follows a squad of bomb disposal soldiers on a tour of duty in Iraq. Through compelling dramatic sequences it gradually counts down the days until the tour finishes. The key messages are clear and the people involved are realistically and honestly portrayed. Hand-held camera work very effectively adds to the depiction of chaos in the action sequences. It deserves all the Oscars. One point of interest for Australians – Guy Pearce appears in the opening scene – an uncredited cameo, I think.
The Hurt Locker