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The Hurt Locker
You'll know when you're in it.
Forced to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in the chaos of war, an elite Army bomb squad unit must come together in a city where everyone is a potential enemy and every object could be a deadly bomb.
Sure, there's stuff here that bugs me a bit. It mostly has to do with reckless behavior and unrealistic decisions during missions that wouldn't happen in real life in the Iraq war, or any other war for that matter. But that's not the point of this film. This is not a documentary. What this movie sets out to do is take us in the heat, dust and chaos of warfare, showing the effect war has on different persons and providing us with an understanding of what war means for these persons. The basic characterization of the three main characters is apparently clunky. One's insecure, one's by the book and one's off the hook. That's all we're shown at first. But…
Things "The Hurt Locker" Taught Me:
1. Choosing what cereal to buy is harder than defusing a bomb.
2. Who am I kidding, I knew that first one already.
It's pretty obvious that I've never been to war. I've never seen a real bomb, let alone touch one. I have no clue what it's like to stare death in the face. This is why I know I've watched a good film when after it has ended, I feel like I just came back from Iraq.
The Hurt Locker is a solid war film with a great story, wonderful cast (Ralph Fiennes!) and interesting characters. My only minor complain is the camera work. The constant shaking, zooming in and out... not a fan. Was Kathryn Bigelow trying to make it look like a documentary? Who knows. But once the camera finally decides to be still, that's when my jaw drops. I should check out Zero Dark Thirty.
"You probably heard we ain't in the prisoner-takin' business, we in the bomb defusin' business. And cousin, business is a-boomin."
Such a powerful and inspiring film. I've learned so much from this film.
For one thing, I learned never to take my headset off or Anthony Mackie will punch the fuck out of me.
That's the type of stuff they need to teach kids in schools across the globe.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Back in 2008, I watched this film by a female director, Kathryn Bigelow. I wasn't impressed very much to be honest and I couldn't figure out how this film even won the Oscar for Best Picture overcoming very powerful contenders like District 9, Precious and A Serious Man. My final verdict: A disappointing and over-rated film.
Today, I got the opportunity to watch this film on the big screen, re-visiting it almost after 4 years. The film's images were still fresh in my memory. Yeah, was quite surprised I still remembered it. So now, this film was scheduled to be screened at my College film club and I was more interested in everyone's reaction than the film itself. That moment…
I've been wanting to re-watch this since I saw American Sniper and I wanted to remind myself of an Iraq war film done well. It's a film that manages to show the horrors and effects of war but also manages to be utterly gripping and thrilling, something American Sniper didn't achieve. It's brilliantly directed and it feels constantly intense and seeks to entertain while also trying to have a certain sense of realism where it doesn't always succeed but it doesn't always matter here. It doesn't really seek to say anything specific about the Iraq war but instead it's about the nature of man and his relationship to war. Jeremy Renner's bomb disposal expert Will James is the embodiment of…
The Hurt Locker's message comes in the final five minutes and 2 lines of the film. It takes a long time to get there, and we are not particularly moved, because the guy is such a Asshole we are just glad to be rid of him.
I give it the 4 stars for creating a complete world and not explaining it too much (though the script is awkward in places, particularly in the beginning where men in a specific small sub-culture should not have to explain their jobs and their jargon to each other).
For creating a real sense of tension and confused feelings, for making me think for a moment -- like Blaster Mike -- that we could just kill this guy and no questions would be asked.
Side by side, frame for frame, this may be a better film than Platoon. But I was moved by Platoon, and not moved at all by The Hurt Locker.
conmovedora película que cuenta cómo se conocieron hawkeye y falcon durante la guerra de irak.
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ya fuera de pedo: padre cosa ─increíblemente bien actuada, con una cinematografía fabulosa y mucha textura, muy rugosa, semidocumental─, pero viéndola en perspectiva ─junto a american sniper y zero dark thirty─ siento que estoy viendo la misma pinche película acerca de la "obsesión" con la guerra. discursivamente, pues, me parece que hacen en conjunto cierto malabar retórico para justificar las putas invasiones. no puedo evitar cansarme un poco.
Bigelow sure knows how to build tension and then release it in spectacular fashion. There wasn't a more exciting sequence in film in 2009 then that opening roadside bomb explosion. Renner's pretty compelling to watch too. His war addiction is pretty disturbing, and it would have been interesting if Bigelow had explored that a little more.
The Hurt Locker really shows the terror and darkness of war and there are some great performances by Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie.
Did very well to represent war life in its truest sense as well as the addictive adrenaline-pumping lifestyle that these men become accustomed to. A must watch for anyone intrigued by the life of a soldier in action.
A decent study on masculinity and autonomy. Nice script--but I have no idea why Kathryn Bigelow deserved an Oscar for this...using a high speed camera isn't that impressive. and SHAKY CAM + STACCATO ZOOMING MEANS STUFF IS HAPPENING
Bombs are scary
Not deserving of the highest of praises it was given at the Academy Awards of 2008, but still an intense and gripping war film with some fantastic performances.
Sehr spannend und sehr amerikanisch. Dabei ist es fraglos der Klasse von Frau Bigelow zu verdanken, dass der Film nicht ins unerträglich patriotische Terrain abgleitet. Allein für Hinterhalt-Szene in der Wüste hat sie den Oscar verdient.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
1. THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007) by Paul Thomas Anderson
IMDb: 8.1 | RT: 91% || Points: 2110 | Peak:…