I’m not normally into independent films. I don’t think that I make a conscious decision to avoid them. I think that it’s more of a lack of awareness that they even exist. And that’s a shame because I watched a very good one recently. I remember seeing a preview for The Hurt Locker in the theatre, and then never thought anything more of it. I don’t know if I even remember it being released in our local theatres. Because it’s an independent film, it probably didn’t get the promotion that it deserved. Too bad. I only recently was reminded that it existed from seeing it posted on a Top 20 list of must-see movies for 2009. And I agree absolutely.
This is a movie about a bomb disposal team in Iraq, and to say that it’s intense would be an understatement. The main character is pretty much insane (my words.. I don’t think that you’ll see that in any official synopsis), and takes risks that make the rest of his team more than a tad uneasy. The whole thing is shot in an extremely authentic way. There’s no spit and polish in the making of this film. It’s quite refreshing.
I highly recommend this one.