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I hadn't heard of this until yesterday, but amid all the news concerning Farah Fawcett and Michael Jackson, and the lambasting of Transformers 2, I kept hearing great things about The Hurt Locker. Many critics are calling this the best movie to come out about the war in Iraq, and many are saying it is one of the best films of the year. Many small reviews came out of last years Toronto Film Festival, before the movie got picked up by a distributor. Has anyone here seen it? QUOTE (Scott Foundas - The Village Voice) Kathryn Bigelow's Iraq War drama The Hurt Locker is a full-throttle body shock of a movie. It gets inside you like a virus, puts your nerves in a blender, and twists your guts into a Gordian knot. Set during the last month in the year-long rotation of a three-man U.S. Army bomb squad stationed in Baghdad, it may be the only film made about Iraq�documentary or fiction�that gives us a true sense of what it feels like to be on the front lines of a war fought not in jungles but in cities, where bombs rise up from the ground instead of raining down from the sky, every narrow alley portends an ambush, and every onlooker is a potential insurgent. It's an experiential war movie�one that calls to mind the title of the 1950s docudrama series You Are There�but also a psychologically astute one, matching its intricate sensory architecture with an equally detailed map of the modern soldier's psyche, a diagram of what motivates the volunteers in a volunteer army. QUOTE (Richard Corliss - TIME) Except for a few digressive scenes � a solo sortie of personal vengeance, a conversation about what it all means � that could easily be cut from the 2 hr. 11 min. running time, The Hurt Locker is a near-perfect movie about men in war, men at work. Through sturdy imagery and violent action, it says that even Hell needs heroes. The director, Kathryn Bigelow, has paraded her adroitness with complex stories about oddball characters in two curious subgenres: Near Dark (1987) was the all-time teenage vampire love story, Point Break (1991) the all-time surfer-heist movie. The scriptwriter, Marc Boal, is a journalist for Rolling Stone, The Village Voice and Playboy, which ran a story that Paul Haggis expanded into the sharpest of last year's Iraq-related dramas, In the Valley of Elah. These two filmmakers have pooled their complementary talents to make one of the rare war movies that's strong but not shrill, and sympathetic to guys doing an impossible job.