Pre-Oscar kneecapping of The Hurt Locker misses the point: despite being set in Baghdad, the film was never really about Iraq. It's about the addiction that grips war correspondents and soldiers alike.
I know that this movie has been criticized by those who have served in the military. But beyond tactical accuracy and entertainment value, this film is significant, and it has lessons policymakers should heed.
When Jeff Bridges' name was announced as a nominee for Best Actor, the camera cut to Leonardo DiCaprio. Some viewers may have believed that they were seeing a case of Hollywood plastic surgery gone shockingly right.
There was no better action film this year than Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker. By far the best Iraq war movie to date, it follows an elite team of soldiers whose sole job is to diffuse IED's on the streets of Baghdad.