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Big screen classics

The Hurt Locker

Bigelow’s multi-award-winning movie about a US bomb disarmament squad in the Iraq War is tense, insightful and superbly acted.

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USA 2008
Dir Kathryn Bigelow
With Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Guy Pearce
Certificate 15

Kathryn Bigelow’s riveting, rightly acclaimed drama about the experiences of the various members of a US bomb-disarmament squad during the war in Iraq benefits from a fine script by Mark Boal, based on his observations as a journalist embedded in the American forces in 2004. Tense, taut and meticulously mounted, the film excels in depicting the psychological and emotional havoc wreaked by the soldiers’ work.

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