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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.
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.
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…
Winner of 6 Academy Awards including Best Picture, The Hurt Locker is a highly gripping, intensely thrilling & bone-chillingly suspenseful war drama that's expertly crafted, masterly composed & skilfully narrated from start to finish and, with its firm grip on the very element of suspense, delivers an experience that's destined to keep the viewers on the edge of their seats throughout its runtime.
Set during the Iraq War, the story of The Hurt Locker follows a bomb disposal squad that is assigned a new team leader after their previous boss is killed during one of their operations. The plot covers the relationship between the team members as the two subordinates soon find themselves at odds with the new guy for his maverick…
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 definitely 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."
I honestly do not know where she got them from, but few filmmakers have approached the whole concept of war and how it affects a man with as many balls as Kathryn Bigelow, yet she does it with an insane lucidity, The Hurt Locker is one of the rawest and most well-realized depictions of war and one of the most fascinating character studies I have ever seen.
Before starting watching the film, I didn't really know what to expect from it: on the one hand it's a widely loved film and overall a critical success, but on the other it's an American war film that won a crazy amount of Academy Awards, including Best Picture; not that having won the…
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.
A stunning movie. Richly deserving of it's best picture oscar. Rather than an action film Kathryn Bigelow presents us with a tension film. The cast is great, Renner in particular, but it is the director's film. It has a profoundly sad ending too.
Simply amazing. Just watch it, and enjoy.
Great movie! Some of the scenes were okay. Some of the scenes were intense. In one sense, I liked how we see these soldiers in the day as distant, anxious figures because when an emotional catharsis happens, it really packs a punch (i.e. that shower scene with Renner still in his uniform). I just wish we could have seen even more of an emotional side to our main characters. Luckily, I think Bigelow took this idea and three years later, we were blessed with Zero Dark Thirty .
Bigelow is one of my favorite directors working today. Her films deal with HARSH themes that most people do not think about but probably should on a daily basis. Whether it be told in a more fun manner like in Point Break or in a harsh manner like in this or Zero Dark Thirty, she is always fascinating. Zero Dark Thirty is my personal favorite film she's made, but this one is still superb, showing the cycle and seduction war has on the human psyche. Brilliant and mostly original storytelling. Also, the action is terrific.
I'm not a huge fan of war films, but this was one of the better ones.
I didn't entirely understand the message. I assume "war is bad" was part of it, it always is. Mostly what I got from the film was don't make emotional decisions. I don't know if that was what was intended, but it's certainly a good message.
Jeremy Renner's character is fantastically developed and it's a good performance on his part.
I remember being underwhelmed by this one the first time I saw it. It is certainly a good flick, but that feeling remains. Jeremy Renner is pretty damn good in this...as is Anthony Mackie. There is also something to be said about the adrenaline chase that some soldiers can't live without...but I don't think this flick captures the real essence of that. The Hurt Locker is a solid desert war film, but it isn't anything special.
Jeremy Renner should've won the Oscar for this movie in my opinion.
Any combat picture can tip its hat to the reality that war is a dehumanizing evil, but this seems to go further, suggesting that for some men its violence and mortal immediacy is an answer to an inherent psychotic need. Note how the peace of domestic life, seen as a safe haven and life line for sanity in most war films, is here only alluded to in the very end, and by then it seems as alien to us as it does to Will. Peace and domesticity are forgotten dreams, battle is his only reality; in death he finds his life; chaos becomes his order. Chillingly nihilistic and hypnotically bleak, a long dark tunnel with no light at the end.
I did not expect to enjoy this, really. War and desert. But it was captivating and kept one's interest easily. Funny little details, like Ralph Fiennes in the middle of sand dunes brought unexpected moments. Recommended even if you do not like films about war...
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