Hurt Locker Can’t Contain the Reality of War
by Logan Laituri
Originally published 3/9/10 at God’s Politics
A hurt locker, if we are to subscribe to the movie’s use of the term, is where one stores the things that nearly kill them. Maybe yours is under your bed, or maybe you left it in the refrigerator by accident. For most service members, theirs is tucked away securely where nobody can get to it, where it is thought that nothing can get in or out. Their locker is an emotional defense against a world that rarely understands them and (if I am to judge based on the storyline of the movie) cheapens their experiences in attempting to market it to a mass audience.