An elite Army bomb disposal unit in the Iraq War spends the last month of their duty tour struggling to enforce order on a chaotic mission and manage personal conflicts internal and external. Serving the chaos and brutal violence of the Iraq War in a digestible package is probably the biggest challenge of The Hurt Locker. Several sequences, constructed for tension and menace are brilliantly executed. The semi-Verite style and opaque narrative between the explosive sequences leaves one somewhat less fulfilled. Perhaps some more grounded journal-style storytelling, a la Full Metal Jacket or Jarhead (both better movies) would have filled in some gaps for me. What about a mangy fox who pops in midway to remind me that chaos reigns? Really, lyrical as the title sounds, I still don’t even know what a hurt locker is.