Director: Katheryn Bigelow. Cast: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Guy Pearce, Ralph Fiennes, David Morse, Evangeline Lilly. 131 min. Rated R. War.
Watched it again after the theater experience a few months ago - and the tension was as fresh as ever. The story about the IED-defusing squads in the Iraq War, is far beyond your run-of-the-mill "should I cut the red wire, should I cut the blue wire" plot. No matter what your stance on the Iraq War is, it'll be utterly impossible for you not to sympathize with these soldiers. Although the main Oscars this year will probably go to Bigelow's ex-husband Cameron for Avatar, I believe The Hurt Locker has enough merit to be considered the year's best movie.