THE HURT LOCKER
9.30PM, GO! ★★★★★
Most movies about the military stick like glue to the cliche that “war is hell”.
The Hurt Locker dares to enter the psyche of a soldier through a diff erent door. It’s all there in the four words that appear on the screen before this extraordinary fi lm arrives at its fi rst scene: “war is a drug”. Sergeant William James ( Jeremy Renner), a maverick bomb- disposal specialist based in Baghdad, is very much an addict. Over two gripping hours, we will learn why he injects himself into deathly situations completely at odds with a human being’s fundamental instinct to live. Director Kathryn Bigelow brilliantly blends a masterclass in action fi lmmaking with a character study almost unbearably true to life. Do not miss it.