Tamar and I are thrilled that The Hurt Locker, a film about the Iraq war directed by Kathryn Bigelow, has been recognized by nine (!) Oscar nominations. It's brilliant and harrowing and disturbing to watch. We rented the DVD a few weeks ago.
When you tell people about The Hurt Locker, they ask you to repeat the title and want to tell you about Avatar. Clearly, Hurt Locker was under-publicized.
While you're watching The Hurt Locker, it's as if you are in the vehicles and on the ground with the soldiers, a small crew of guys who defuse unexploded bombs - in city streets and the countryside. All around you are locals - maybe just rubberneckers, maybe the enemy - with detonators in their hands.