The Hurt Locker
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Writer: Mark Boal
Cinematographer: Barry Ackroyd
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Guy Pearce, Brian Geraghty
Studio/Run Time: Summit Entertainment, 131 mins.
Point Break director makes mostly convincing war film
Kathryn Bigelow’s jerky, zoomy, dusty new film features 10 nail-biting displays of limb-risking bravery by an Army bomb squad, each one followed by two, maybe three minutes of downtime—tops. It’s a joyride across the desert, with the top down and a rattlesnake in the glove compartment.
A funny thing happens somewhere in the middle of Bigelow’s variations on the theme: The threat of being blown to bits starts to feel routine, almost dull. Maybe that’s how a soldier feels after the numbness sets in, but it clashes with the rock ’n’ roll soundtrack that accents the hero’s final strut for the camera—and I can’t believe the director of Point Break wants us to take that moment ironically.
Watch the trailer for The Hurt Locker: