The Hurt Locker

Director Kathryn Bigelow's sizzling battlefield movie follows the story of an elite US Army bomb disposal squad, led by Jeremy Renner, in Baghdad

Director Kathryn Bigelow’s sizzling battlefield movie follows the story of an elite US Army bomb disposal squad, led by Jeremy Renner, in Baghdad.

An on-fire Renner scalds the screen as the independently minded staff sergeant who perversely enjoys the feeling-alive buzz of putting himself and his pals in dire deadly risk on a day-to-day basis.

Guy Pearce, Ralph Fiennes and David Morse put in useful cameos and Anthony Mackie and Brian Geraghty are superb as the other squad members.

The documentary-style film-making feels so intense you’re reeling afterwards, yet there’s real sensitivity and intelligence behind it as well.

A triumph at the Oscars (particularly for Bigelow who beat her ex-husband James Cameron to Best Director) and Baftas, where it won six awards at each, though Renner missed out both times.