Much of the surge of interest in 'The Hurt Locker,' including its nine Oscar nominations, has to do with the movie's vaunted verisimilitude, the supposed accuracy of its grunt's-eye view of the Iraq War. But how accurate is it? Depends on which veterans you ask.

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talked to numerous vets, many of whom said the movie gets a lot of the big and little things right while acknowledging that some details aren't true to life. The vets fall into two camps: those who find the inaccuracies too distracting to enjoy the movie, and those who are willing to overlook them because it gets major elements right: the camaraderie; the paranoia of U.S. soldiers among Iraqi civilians who may be friend or foe; the adrenaline rush of bomb squad work; and the dizzying alienation of returning home.
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