ByJames Wood, writer at
Unabashed Transformers fan. Man crush on Tom Hardy. Avid fan of Tommy Wiseau's cult disasterpiece The Room.
James Wood

The Hurt Locker is a masterpiece, a close to perfect war movie. It's shot in a way that captures every detail of war and the intense job of the bomb disarming units. The tension is so nerve-wracking and once the bombs in question are either defused or left to blow the you can almost feel impact ramp up for pulse.

Kathryn Bigelow is one of the finest directors in the genre, I'd be interested to see what else she can do outside of war and realistic thrillers. Jeremy Renner is my favourite actor, and that's why I was drawn to this film, along with support from Evangeline Lilly, Anthony Mackie, Guy Pearce and Brian Geraghty, the cast deliver unforgettable performances, they are so believable and they genuinely feel like actual members of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal team.

In the heat of the battle these three brave men risk their lives to disarm bombs in the Iraqi war. The suspense is surging, you are thrown into the deep end as the viewer and you have no idea what could happen next, within a split second the situation changes. I do admit in most movies I love explosions, the carnage leaves me jaw dropped, but in this movie you see the damage these things can do, and the lives they take, so that's why whenever a character was caught in a blast I threw myself out my chair in shock.

Fantastically shot, brilliantly acted and filled with a tremendous amount of suspense, hard hitting drama and thrills, The Hurt Locker is a must see movie, think of every dramatic word from spectacular, amazing, awesome and that describes this film. A must-own in your movie collection and it rightfully deserved the awards it achieved. Mind blowing.


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