The Hurt Locker is about Iraq, and about men, and about war. It is certainly the most heralded film to emerge from the conflict. The plot centers on William James (Jeremy Renner). His rank: Sergeant First Class, US Army. His addiction: taking bombs apart. When James takes charge of a bomb-disposal squad, Bravo Company, he finds that the troops take issue with his methods. The newly anointed head man is a renegade to the rulebook. He seeks out fresh explosives to dismantle with a fearsome urgency, hunting them wherever they may be. All the while, James keeps count of successful disarmaments, the number whizzing steadily upward. Bravo Company lives in fear for unnecessary casualties on the heels of their leader’s relentless bomb-sniffing.
Director Kathryn Bigelow focuses in on the view of war espoused by writers like Chris Hedges. Her film highlights a quote of Hedges’: “The rush of battle is often a potent and lethal addiction, for war is a drug.” [Read more…]