Over the years, there have been many films about modern wars. One of the new movies in theatres is "Lone Survivor," which is about the war in Afghanistan. The most memorable war film of recent years remains "The Hurt Locker," which is about the war in Iraq and won the Academy Award for Best Picture of 2009.
In "The Hurt Locker," the leader of a bomb squad (played by Guy Pearce) is killed in the line of duty. Sgt. William James (played by Jeremy Renner) is brought in as his replacement. The other members of the team are the tough, experienced Sanborn (played by Anthony Mackie) and the emotionally distraught Eldridge (played by Brian Geraghty). They soon learn that Sgt. James is good at his job, but he is also an adrenaline junkie. His addiction to disarming bombs makes them fear for their lives.
This movie is directed by Kathryn Bigelow, who does an amazing job creating suspense. The bomb disarming scenes will keep you at the edge of your seat. One of the best scenes in the film shows Sgt. James disarming a car bomb. This scene is intense because we see various people watching him work, and we are not sure if any of them made the bomb, so it might go off at any time. Bigelow was awarded the Oscar for Best Director for her amazing work, a first for a female director.
The performances in "The Hurt Locker" are all first-rate, especially Jeremy Renner in the lead role. He creates a memorable character whose love for his job has basically ruined his life.
Although it is often very unsettling, "The Hurt Locker" is a must-see for fans of war films and suspense films.