Members (Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty) of a bomb-disposal unit in Baghdad face increasingly perilous situations as their tour-of-duty winds down.
" Just when you thought the battle of Iraq war dramas had been fought and lost, along comes one that demands to be seen -- if you can handle the raging adrenaline. "
" The Hurt Locker is about Iraq in the same way that Paths of Glory was about World War I or Full Metal Jacket was about Vietnam -- which is to say, utterly and not at all. The Hurt Locker is a great movie, period. "
" The question isn't how do you live with the buzz of looming death; it's how do you live without it? No answers are offered, or even suggested. "
" We've had good and very good Iraq movies for several years now, but The Hurt Locker has a fullness of understanding that sets it apart. "
" The miserably visceral exists here not as exploitation but out of the demands of authenticity. "
" Bigelow's film combines an expert management of tension with a sensitive and journalistic attention to detail: she has one eye on the truth and the other on the multiplex. "
" It's the best war movie since Full Metal Jacket. "
" Like all the best war movies -- no matter what war, what era -- The Hurt Locker goes to the core of human nature. "
" Like every war before it, the U.S. invasion of Iraq has generated its share of movies. But The Hurt Locker is the first of them that can properly be called a masterpiece. "
" The Hurt Locker is at once an unforgettable war film and a brilliant character study. "
" [Kathryn] Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal...have made the first fictional feature about American soldiers in Iraq that doesn't fall apart, or preach to a choir, or turn into a position paper. "
" As unpredictable and tragic as it is genuinely riveting. "
" Screenwriter Mark Boal and director Kathryn Bigelow have made a unique film about war. "
" The Hurt Locker leaves an impression. It practically leaves a bruise. "
" One of the best movies of the year, with a star-making performance from Jeremy Renner. "
" Psychologically acute and thrillingly dramatic, The Hurt Locker blows every other Iraq war movie off the screen. "
" Bigelow's direction is confident -- the action sequences are tense and suspenseful, so much so that The Hurt Locker also works as a straight-up war film. "
" Like her protagonist, Bigelow is both a meticulous technician and a ballsy showoff. And, like him, she has ice water in her veins. "
" This beyond-the-headlines war movie, a 'ticking clock' thriller from journalist-turned-screenwriter Mark Boal, is the first Iraq War movie to qualify as more first-rate entertainment than sermon. "
" The Hurt Locker is a spellbinding war film by Kathryn Bigelow, a master of stories about men and women who choose to be in physical danger. "
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