The Hurt Locker
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Based on the personal wartime experiences of journalist Mark Boal (who adapted his experiences with a bomb squad into a fact-based, yet fictional story), director Kathryn Bigelow's Iraq War-set action thriller The Hurt Locker presents the conflict in the Middle East from the perspective of those who witnessed the fighting firsthand -- the soldiers. As an elite Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal team tactfully navigates the streets of present-day Iraq, they face the constant threat of death from incoming bombs and sharp-shooting snipers. In Baghdad, roadside bombs are a common danger. The… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

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"Bigelow's film combines an expert management of tension with a sensitive and journalistic attention to detail: she has one eye on the truth and the other on the multiplex."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"The question isn't how do you live with the buzz of looming death; it's how do you live without it? No answers are offered, or even suggested."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"If you have a chance to see it, you shouldn't hesitate to do so."
‑ Scott Beggs, Film School Rejects
"Bigelow, one of the very few women working in the traditionally male-dominated action and war genres, avoids both red wire/yellow wire clich and political preaching to deliver a film that is as psychologically fascinating as it is taut and exciting."
‑ Adam Smith, Radio Times
"Her new film, The Hurt Locker, is both a structuralist war movie-it could be titled 'Seven Instances of Dismantling an Improvised Explosive Device'-and a totally immersive, off-the-charts high-anxiety experience from beginning to end."
‑ Amy Taubin, Film Comment Magazine
"One of the best movies of the year, with a star-making performance from Jeremy Renner."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard Roeper.com
"Like her protagonist, Bigelow is both a meticulous technician and a ballsy showoff. And, like him, she has ice water in her veins."
‑ Christopher Orr, The New Republic
"Not only the best film made so far about the war in Iraq, but also one of the best thrillers of the year."
‑ Jim Vejvoda, IGN Movies
"The Hurt Locker is not a conventional approach to wartime heroics but rather a penetrating and harrowing examination of war's unrelenting damage on the human psyche."
‑ Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"This is an outstanding war film because it's aware that it's a film, not a polemic."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"Like every war before it, the U.S. invasion of Iraq has generated its share of movies. But The Hurt Locker is the first of them that can properly be called a masterpiece."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"The Hurt Locker is at once an unforgettable war film and a brilliant character study."
‑ Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"The Hurt Locker transcends the political slop surrounding Iraq and cuts straight to the bone, letting us touch the hard, bloody reality of war without casualties of cliche or naive acts of emotional heroism."
‑ Katherine Monk, Canada.com
"The Hurt Locker is horrifying. It's hopeless. I want to go see it again."
‑ Aaron Mesh, Willamette Week
"When the picture isn't ramping up your heart rate, it switches gears and becomes an intimate character study in what war does to humankind."
‑ Jeremy Wheeler, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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