Several US riflemen have cordoned off the area.
The roadside bomb has been isolated.
And Sergeant J.T. Sanborn seems a little too relaxed, as he remotely controls the disposal robot.
This is the first two minutes we see in The Hurt Locker, a movie that went on to win six Academy Awards in 2010.
Its opening scene is a prime example of irresistible storytelling – starting in the thickest of the action.
You’ve seen this approach a hundred times over …
Think of Troy, which starts with Achilles in a one-on-one battle. Gladiator, with Maximus leading the fight against a barbarian horde. Or 300, with its now infamous THIS IS SPARTA introduction (yes, I’ve got a tickle spot for swords and shields).
As viewers, we’re given a truckload of credit by the director – who knows we’re gonna build a fast story around the action in our heads.
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