The Hurt Locker The basic premise of The Hurt Locker is that it follows an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) team through their last days in Iraq. The cast is a group of relative unknowns, all of which offer up spellbinding and occasionally heartbreaking performances. Lead man Jeremy Renner plays SSgt William James the lead character, a sort of bomb disposal cowboy who comes in after the first 15 minutes or so, then there’s Anthony Mackie as Sgt JT Sanborn. A man who throughout the course of the film becomes increasingly disenchanted, finally there’s Brian Geraghty who by all accounts is a bit of a pussy (Joke – he’s just sensitive. bless). As the opening title card says so aptly “War is a drug” and essentially that what this film is about, how young men become addicted to the danger and adrenaline of War. Director Kathryn Bigelow has done an fantastic job with employing so many subtle and gorgeous techniques to force this into the viewers mind (special mention to the last half an hour for that) that you walk away from the cinema with it burned into your mind and you end up thinking, and talking about it for a very long time to come. This of course is all about what is makes you feel but don’t worry, there’s a shit ton of explosions and tension too. With most films I try to push aside the hype and hope for a good film hidden underneath all the good reviews and this time I wasn’t looking in vain. This is a beautifully shot, fantastically directed, mind blowingly acted and very deep film that everyone who can, should see. One of the great war movies. 9/10 Alec

The Hurt Locker

The basic premise of The Hurt Locker is that it follows an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) team through their last days in Iraq. The cast is a group of relative unknowns, all of which offer up spellbinding and occasionally heartbreaking performances. Lead man Jeremy Renner plays SSgt William James the lead character, a sort of bomb disposal cowboy who comes in after the first 15 minutes or so, then there’s Anthony Mackie as Sgt JT Sanborn. A man who throughout the course of the film becomes increasingly disenchanted, finally there’s Brian Geraghty who by all accounts is a bit of a pussy (Joke – he’s just sensitive. bless). As the opening title card says so aptly “War is a drug” and essentially that what this film is about, how young men become addicted to the danger and adrenaline of War. Director Kathryn Bigelow has done an fantastic job with employing so many subtle and gorgeous techniques to force this into the viewers mind (special mention to the last half an hour for that) that you walk away from the cinema with it burned into your mind and you end up thinking, and talking about it for a very long time to come. This of course is all about what is makes you feel but don’t worry, there’s a shit ton of explosions and tension too. With most films I try to push aside the hype and hope for a good film hidden underneath all the good reviews and this time I wasn’t looking in vain. This is a beautifully shot, fantastically directed, mind blowingly acted and very deep film that everyone who can, should see. One of the great war movies.

9/10

Alec