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The Hurt Locker: DVD Review

The Hurt Locker

Rating: R16
Released by Roadshow Home Entertainment

The soaraway winner at this year's Oscar ceremony, The Hurt Locker is finally on DVD.

It's the story of a team of bomb disposal team in Iraq whose lives are put in constant jeopardy on a daily basis - and is based on freelance journalist Mark Boal's accounts of when he was embedded with an American bomb squad.

Relative unknown Jeremy Renner plays Sergeant First Class William James, who's brought in as the leader of the Explosives Ordnance Disposal Unit which heads to just about every perilous situation on the streets of Iraq, never knowing if this is the moment their lives will be forfeit.

But James is an adrenalin junkie who only knows how to get by with the thrill of the unknown on the streets - and soon, his squad starts to wonder if they'll survive with this new guy at the helm.

Simply brilliant, The Hurt Locker is tense, thrilling and captivating from the very first moment - you're never sure who will survive this game of cat and mouse and who will not walk away.

As I remarked when I saw it at the cinema, this is emotionally gripping, viscerally thrilling, and an edge of your seat powderkeg of tension - and more so, The Hurt Locker remains one of the best films of the year.

Extras: An exclusive to DVD commentary with director Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal as well as a featurette.

Rating: 9/10