Cinematical has received these brand new images from The Hurt Locker(one is an exclusive shot, as seen above), which will enjoy its SXSW premiere later tonight. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker has snagged a ton of buzz ever since its premiere at the Toronto fest back in September, where we reviewed it and interviewed Bigelow. The film, based on journalist Mark Boal's real experiences, tells of "three members of the Army's elite Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) squad [who] battle insurgents and one another as they search for and disarm a wave of roadside bombs on the streets of Baghdad-in order to try and make the city a safer place for Iraqis and Americans alike."

James noted in his Toronto review that The Hurt Locker is "an assured, confident, swaggering piece of moviemaking that manages to not only evoke every war of the 20th century but also, despite the claims by makers and some reviewers that it's an 'apolitical' film, speaks very specifically to the Iraq war" -- later adding, "The Hurt Locker looks and feels like a terrific action film, but there's a piece of art ticking away within it that goes off inside your head and your heart while you're watching." Check out the new images in the gallery below and the full synopsis after the jump. The Hurt Locker hits theaters on June 26.