Cast: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, David Morse, and Guy Pierce.

Plot: After losing their leader, an American bomb squad gets a new one named William James (Jeremy Renner). He’s a loose cannon but seems to always get the job done no matter what it takes. Sergeant JT Sanborn (Anthony Mackie) feels James might be a little too crazy and wouldn’t mind getting rid of him. All of this taking place while they’re in Iraq and going through many serious and dangerous missions to defuse over hundreds of bombs.

Breakdown: The Hurt Locker is one of the best war movies to come out in a long time and may very well be one of the best war movies of all time. Its definitely the best movie about the Iraq war but that wasn’t hard to achieve really. Director Kathryn Bigelow puts us right in the action each and every scene. Every scene is intense and makes you want to keep watching and find out what happens to these brave soldiers. We really get a taste of not only what a bomb squad has to go through but also the shear torture and devastation that these men have to go through everyday being over in this war.

Performances: Jeremy Renner gives one of the best performances of the year here. He plays his character of William James with so much charisma and heart. It really is a pleasure to see him here as the leading man. Anthony Mackie also gives a really great performance. He too puts a lot of charisma and heart into his role but also a sense of worry as he watches the leader of his squad do his own thing most of the time and could possibly lead them to death. Also Brian Geraghty gives a very sincere and occasionally funny performance as Specialist Owen Eldridge. He just like everyone else doesn’t want to be there but he really makes it seem as though he wants out more.

Overall: The Hurt Locker boasts fine performances all around and really shows us what is going on in Iraq these days. This in my opinon should be a best picture nominee at the least, it very well could win. It definitely has the potential to win because it is one hell of a movie.