The Hurt Locker (out Feb 18) centres on an American solider who defuses bombs in Iraq. He's a "loose cannon" and his reckless disregard for protocols threatens both himself and his unit. This is a well made, well directed film with intense scenes. Despite all the award buzz, I don't think it's the best film of the year. I had small issues with the ending and the mindset of each solider. Grade: A-.