I’m having trouble thinking of a more intense movie than The Hurt Locker. It may be the tensest film I’ve ever seen. It is expertly constructed, by director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal to deliver the tension in ever-building levels until it’s almost overwhelming. It is one of the best films I’ve seen this year.
Unfortunately, as soon as I mention the setting of the film, you won’t want to see it. So if you don’t already know it, try your best to avoid hearing about it. The only helpful thing about the awful title is that it gives nothing away. (No, the movie is not set in a locker, full of hurt or otherwise.)
Okay, here’s what I’ll tell you. It’s a movie about a team who defuses bombs. It’s a movie about the toll that the job takes on them. Trust me, you have not seen bomb-defusing scenes like this.
I’d love to say more about the movie, but, as I said, the setting is a big psychological turn-off for people. It’s too bad, because The Hurt Locker is a brilliant film and the first great one of its kind. It’s probably five years or more ahead of its time. That’s all I’ll say for now. See it.