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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…
No matter how "good" or "bad" the film to win best picture is, it will always be considered overrated by a large populous of the viewing pubic. The idea of a singular film being proclaimed the best out of the hundreds of alternative contenders in an entire year is far too touchy a subject to be taken with a quarter-grain of salt. However, in my own unbiased opinion, The Hurt Locker was not necessarily overrated at all. The semi-true story of one of, if not the, most skilled individuals in the American bomb-disposal unit is an enormously intense movie that does not allow me to look away in its frequent moments of visceral urgency. When it comes down to its…
because i didn't like zero dark thirty that much, i guess it was only logical that the hurt locker wouldn't blow my mind neither (no pun intended). this was another classic american hero where mavericks get the job done and the ones who don't take the risks get shot. except for anthony mackie, characters aren't relatable, turning improbables, at times. i liked the sound editing on this, but i think i've heard much better examples.
not saying this is a bad movie at all, but like they did with american sniper, its merit was blown out of proportion.
Oh, it's a heartbreaking, devastating portrait on the hurt nerds go through when they get stuffed in lockers... right? My lame jokes aside, this film is a whole lot cooler than that, and its coolness is augmented, like, twentyfold based on its being a cool war drama made by a woman. There is a feminist irony in Kathryn Bigelow's making this gritty, visceral war thriller around the same time her ex-husband was making a sci-fi war film with environmental messages and a sentimental romantic subplot, although, to be honest, I still like "Avatar" better than this. I suppose that either is a testament to which award ceremony I lean towards between the Golden Globes and the Oscars, or goes with…
I think this movie suffers from the all too common "It shouldn't have won, it's not THAT good" effect of winning Best Picture. Plus, having watched it a day after Band of Brothers I was in no mood for Iraq war ambiguity. That said, this didn't feel like a movie, and I don' think that's a good thing here. It felt like it lacked any sort of arc or structure. It came from and went nowhere. And many of the moments felt false, why were bomb techs randomly patrolling the desert and engaging and a inexplicably long sniper shoot out? I was hoping that this would change my hate for Jeremy Renner ( I don't hate his acting, him as…
This is one of the worst movies I have ever seen. After watching this monstrosity I wanted to go back to Iraq and play in a minefield. Technically, tactically, and historically this movie was flawed. The only good thing I can say is that the way it was filmed was good, beyond that I despised this movie.
I am slowly attaining a flavor for Katheryn Bigelow's films. I find these few traits similar in all her films so far; all her protagonist are headstrong (assholes), she has a talent and a style for action sequences that gives a certain authenticity that other films lack, and (despite sometimes being telegraphed at times) her suspense game is great.
All that aside. I really enjoyed this a good deal more than Zero Dark Thirty. This film had a bit more soul (character) and
did more of what American Sniper wanted to do.
Acting was on point and Jeremy Renner actually did far better than I thought he would. I felt Anthony Mackie really shined in this. Ralph Fiennes was a…
jeremy renner is actually a decent actor, huh.
this film lasted 15 hours.
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:…