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The Hurt Locker

July 3, 2009

MV5BMTcxMDA0OTIyMV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwODgzODk0Mg@@._V1._CR328,0,843,843_SS100_I went to the Harvard Film Archive‘s advance screening last night of Kathryn Bigelow‘s The Hurt Locker, about a trio of Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) technicians disarming IEDs in Baghdad in 2004.  Bigelow was in the audience, and took questions.  She mentioned that they tried to make as much of the film as accurate as possible, from the type of detonation cord used in Iraq at the time, to the way the soldiers handled the wires etc.

For example, there’s a scene where the main character finds several 155mm shells in the back of a car, wired to explode.  He then takes off his bomb disposal suit and nonchalantly says something to the effect of, “If I’m going to die, I want to be comfortable.”  It seemed like good theater and a cool movie quote, but Bigelow said afterward that this incident was based on a true story of a bomb tech in Israel.

It’s a powerful film, and worth seeing.

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