The Hurt Locker (Lil Devil Review)


The Hurt Locker is an action-packed yet serious look at the war in Iraq as seen through the eyes of a military bomb squad. In it, we follow a U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit (EOD) as it gets a new leader for their last month in Iraq. That’s how we meet James (Jeremy Renner from 28 Weeks Later), the new EOD squad leader. He’s been transferred to Iraq from Afghanistan and immediately starts to do things his way. Like, stopping a speeding taxi while on his way to inspect IED’s by standing in it’s way and shooting out the windows when the driver refuses to obey orders. “If he wasn’t an insurgent he is one now.”, James says as Marines yank the driver out of the taxi.

The movie is a must-watch. It’s not your typical war movie. The film is shot like a documentary. It shows things as the character’s encounter them and doesn’t make decisions about what those characters see or do. The camera isn’t judging anyone. It’s just showing you different aspects of a war being fought.  Bravo.

The acting and the action are excellent. The movie will leave you at the edge of your seat from start to finish. It’s intense. Army bomb squads aren’t like Police bomb squads. It’s not 50 cops and a robot. It’s 3 guys. One wearing a bomb suit that weighs a thousand pounds and 2 with guns backing the crazy one up. Seeing it on screen is intense. Watching James and his squad do their job is nerve-wracking. There’s one scene in particular that’s hard to watch. Regardless, the movie is one of the best of the year and one of my favorite movies. It’s not a preachy movie at all and shows both sides of the Iraq War. It’s one of the few movies about Iraq that doesn’t beat you over the head with a moral lesson. And, even better, no one character saves the day. Very refreshing in today’s movies.

Highly recommended. Four out of five pitchforks.

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Posted on July 14, 2009, in Film Review and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Man, I want to see this movie.
    Too bad it’s limited release here in IL and no where near me.

  2. I watched this last night.
    It was the last movie I watched as a single man since i’m getting married today.
    GREAT FLICK!
    I was impressed with the acting with all the range and emotion each character gave since they all had their own seperate views and background that put them there in the first place.
    Very enjoyable.

  3. Spencer Diedrick

    I just saw this movie a couple nights ago. An indie war semi-documentary? Such a risky pitch to a film executive. But MAN was it good! I loved the handhelds that made me feel like I was there, and the relatively unknown actors that made me feel like I could be one of them, as well as the famous people and how they used them in the film too. The script was so gritty and raw too, and even if some things were forseeable, others weren’t, which made them that much more unexpected after being lulled into a false sense of security. I highly recommend it too!

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