The Hurt Locker concerns a small team of explosive ordnance disposal specialists in Iraq. In the past six years, Hollywood has put out an unbroken string of anti-war films, which have, pardon the pun, all bombed. It is my carefully considered opinion that Hollywood has not made a good film about Iraq…until The Hurt Locker.
I was very impressed by great performances by a cast of unknowns and by the fact that the storyline was completely unpredictable. The film does not depict American troops as saintly; they are, rather, very real men doing a very tough job under positively ungodly stress.
Well before the halfway point of the film, I gave up trying to anticipate what was going to happen next. In that film, as in life, sometimes you can only expect the unexpected. I highly recommend it.