13 July 2021
The Hurt Locker = slang term for a place of deep pain and discomfort.
An intense portrayal of elite soldiers who have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world: disarming bombs in the heat of combat. When a new sergeant takes over a highly trained bomb disposal team, he surprises his two subordinates by behaving recklessly rather than the cautious approach normally expected.
Directed by Katheryn Bigelow the film is set in Baghdad 2004 - middle of the Iraqi war. The filming took place in Jordan in 50 °C heat to be sure that the action was authentic as possible. It is one of only two Best Picture (2010) winners to have been directed by a female director and to also have a Best Director win.
The film was difficult to watch in places - very gritty and realistic portrayal of life as a soldier in Iraqi. Our resident expert in all things military, Dan, did confirm that the portrayal of the reckless new sergeant would probably have resulted in a court martial at the very least! Other behaviours in the film (smoking, drinking, heavy metal music and blowing things up) were all recognised by Dan as authentic army behaviour. He was disappointed not to see them playing golf though!
Jonathan respected the club by providing an excellent array of cheeses and nibbles. He also provided a fancy bottle of scotch which had been especially designed to appeal to a whiskey drinker. The designer in question had previously worked on Magnum ice cream and CocaCola ring pulls!