The first eight minutes from Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker” has appeared online. It’s not exactly the ideal way to view the film so if you could hook your computer up to a big screen with a bitchin’ sound system that will possibly make you sterile at the sound of an explosion, that would be great. Barring that, you can still appreciate the tension, the setting, the direction, and a few of the film’s many great performances (Jeremy Renner, the film’s star, doesn’t appear in this clip so you have that to look forward to along with the rest of the movie).
If you want a movie that’s not just a fantastic Iraq War movie (currently the only non-documenatyr one available) but a fantastic movie period, go see “The Hurt Locker”. It’s not preachy, it’s not jingoistic, and it’s got more intense action than some of this year’s biggest blockbusters. Click here to read my full review. Currently playing on only nine screens, “The Hurt Locker” will continue to expand, hitting 17 new cities this Friday. Check out the official site to see if one of them is yours.
Hit the jump to see the opening scene from the film along with a synopsis.
“The Hurt Locker” is a riveting, suspenseful portrait of the courage under fire of the military’s unrecognized heroes: the technicians of a bomb squad who volunteer to challenge the odds and save lives doing one of the world’s most dangerous jobs. Three members of the Army’s elite Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) squad battle insurgents and one another as they search for and disarm a wave of roadside bombs on the streets of Baghdad—in order to try and make the city a safer place for Iraqis and Americans alike. Their mission is clear—protect and save—but it’s anything but easy, as the margin of error when defusing a war-zone bomb is zero. This thrilling and heart-pounding look at the psychology of bomb technicians and the effects of risk and danger on the human psyche is a fictional tale inspired by real events by journalist and screenwriter Mark Boal, who was embedded with a special bomb unit in Iraq. In Iraq, it is soldier vernacular to speak of explosions as sending you to “the hurt locker.”