In The Hurt Locker, Jeremy Renner stars as the arrogant, cocky leader of a three-man bomb squad deployed in Iraq and assigned to patrol the streets of Baghdad for hidden explosives. Every day the team faces certain death, whether it is from enemy attacks, an IED buried in the road or sniper fire in the desert, or even possibly from their leader's recklessness. Director Kathryn Bigelow effectively delivers not only larger sequences with tense action and stuff blowing up, but also a smaller, more intimate look at how each soldier feels about being stationed in Iraq: it’s a job they’re determined to finish to the end, but still a job that really blows, so to speak.
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An editor at Fandango for seven years, Stacie has been an entertainment editor and writer since 1996, working for such outlets as Playboy, People, Movieline magazine and Hollywood.com. She loves dark comedies (Happiness, Heathers, Raising Arizona), hates the remake/reboot trend, and when she's not off at a screening, she's at the beach with her family and dog or planning her next vacation.