New sergeant first class William James (Jeremy Renner) is a "wild man. He takes big risks and likes to challenge, which causes the tension in the group to run high. Does James really know what he's doing or is he starting to freak out, addicted to danger? Soldiers Sanborn (Anthony Mackie) and Eldridge (Brian Geraghty) face a difficult decision.
War films portray a harsh, male-dominated world, with no room for failure or nuance. They often have an explicit political message, but The Hurt Locker is limited to what the soldiers experience. Director Kathryn Bigelow based the script on the reports of war journalist Mark Boal, who also co-wrote. With a moving camera, close to the action, Bigelow makes the constant threat tangible and reveals the psychology behind the people who sign up for this work. Bigelow was the first woman ever to win an Oscar for Best Directing, and The Hurt Locker comes in as hard as the deafening explosions of the deadly bombs.
English spoken, Dutch subtitles