The Hurt Locker (R)

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by By GARY COGILL / WFAA-TV

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Posted on July 9, 2009 at 2:11 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 22 at 6:32 PM

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The Hurt Locker is rated R and is one of the best combat films ever made.

The Hurt Locker is a movie filled with brilliant tension, great acting, and near flawless film-making.

Jeremy Renner gives an Oscar-level performance as a member of the military bomb squad in Iraq. Car bombs, roadside bombs, it doesn't matter, someone has to disarm what might explode.

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The Hurt Locker never flinches from its subject matter and what it takes to be an elite member of the EOD, or Explosive Ordinance Disposal. This is also an honest film about the personality types involved, and what this line of work can do to you emotionally.

The Hurt Locker is directed by Kathryn Bigelow. She directed Near Dark, Point Break and Strange Days. This is by far her finest film, and filled with the details of combat, including a space-like protective suit worn near bomb sites.

The Hurt Locker is rated R and is one of the best combat films ever made - it's that smart and that good. This film also honors the military by simply telling the truth and getting it right. Sometimes movies say a lot without even making any statements. The Hurt Locker is an impressive, powerful, nail-biter of a film.

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