THE HURT LOCKER Di­rected by Kathryn Bigelow. Star­ring Jeremy Ren­ner, An­thony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Ralph Fi­ennes, Guy Pearce

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Filmlistings -

Bigelow’s ex­am­i­na­tion of US bomb dis­posal ex­perts in Iraq proves to be the best film yet on the con­flict. Shun­ning di­dac­ti­cism for a pro­ce­dural study of a typ­i­cal squad’s ter­ri­fy­ing ac­tiv­i­ties – en­coun­ters with ap­par­ent sui­cide bombers, the de­fus­ing of road­side booby traps – the pic­ture ends up as lean as it is thrilling. The script takes no ob­vi­ous po­si­tion on the rights and wrongs of the oc­cu­pa­tion, but this ex­cel­lent film’s in­tegrity is never in ques­tion. 15A cert, lim release, 131 min.

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