Friday, June 26, 2009

The Hurt Locker

Opening this weekend: The Hurt Locker, directed by Kathryn Bigelow

On the one hand, this big-budget action movie has the potential to become a huge summer hit. On the other hand, it is about the war in Iraq, about which, apparently no one wants to watch movies.

Synopsis from the film's website:

The Hurt Locker is a riveting, suspenseful portrait of the courage under fire of the military's unrecognized heroes: the technicians of a bomb squad who volunteer to challenge the odds and save lives doing one of the world's most dangerous jobs. Three members of the Army's elite Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) squad battle insurgents and one another as they search for and disarm a wave of roadside bombs on the streets of Baghdad—in order to try and make the city a safer place for Iraqis and Americans alike. Their mission is clear—protect and save—but it's anything but easy, as the margin of error when defusing a war-zone bomb is zero. This thrilling and heart-pounding look at the psychology of bomb technicians and the effects of risk and danger on the human psyche is a fictional tale inspired by real events by journalist and screenwriter Mark Boal, who was embedded with a special bomb unit in Iraq. In Iraq, it is soldier vernacular to speak of explosions as sending you to "the hurt locker."

The New York Times ran an article about Kathryn Bigelow a few days ago, and loved this movie.

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