Film fans everywhere will always be grateful to The Hurt Locker for being released in the same awards season as Avatar, and thereby preventing it and James Cameron from winning Best Director and Best Picture in the 82nd Academy Awards. The twenty-first century already had the Crash debacle on its hands, so we all breathed a sigh of relief when Kathryn Bigelow's name got called. The film also has the distinction of being one of the few cinematic treatments of the Iraq War that seems to work. Though I feel it slipped a bit into melodrama and cliche towards the end, Jeremy Renner's performance is chillingly perfect, and the tension the film achieves with the bomb-defusing scenes is the perfect blend of action and political commentary. Also, the title? Genius.