The Hurt Locker is a story about an elite bomb disarming team in Iraq. Their leader appears to have a death wish and his reckless behavior causes some turmoil for the team. It’s intense and gritty and is tied with Avatar for the most Oscar nominations (9), including Best Picture and Best Director. Mark Boal won the Writers Guild of America award for his screenplay. Boal is an investigative journalist who spent time following an Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit in Iraq in 2004. He tells Patt about his experience in Iraq and how it inspired him to write the screenplay for The Hurt Locker.
Mark Boal, screenwriter, The Hurt Locker