The Hurt Locker (2008)

I would certainly grant this best picture if I were a member of the Academy. It surpassed my expectations in every area and it pulsed through my mind for days after.

A bomb defuser joins a bomb squad in Iraq, replacing another who met his end. Viewers then follow the team on its patrols and back to the barracks where we see what really makes each of them tick.

Every bit exciting as it is contemplative. A true modern war film classic speaking to an aspect of the soldier that is rarely glimpsed to such a depth. I hope it wins the Oscar!

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