Director Kathryn Bigelow returns with "The Hurt Locker", and film taking place in current day Iraq, following a small group of soldiers of Bravo company who deal with defusing bombs on a daily basis, and the tension from each bomb situation is mined for all it's worth in each scene, as the effects of each uncertain day take their toll on the soldiers, who don't know if a new day will be their last day. Bigelow is a solid director, using her own visual style and choices in presenting a solid story of missions that can go wrong at a moment's notice, and no one is safe from harm nor the burdens of the after-effect from their primary duties. The acting performances are overall very good, and the story runs the wide spectrum of the dramatic underpinings of being in war situations, and the toll exacted on the human psyche of the main characters, and the sacrifice demanded of those committed to doing what is needed to keep others from harm and death. If you are into military/war films, you'll be intrigued by the film throughout its running time. I give it 3.5 stars, or a grade of B+.