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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.
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…
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…
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.
Aside from a few intense sequences, this war film isn't really much to rave about.
In all honesty, I thought this movie is very overrated.
I mean it's not in the words awful because it does some good directing, solid performances and does bring some tension.
But in terms of telling a good story, complex characters, and actually put in some realism of the soldiers who goes into war, it all seems to play of very flat and uneven with the outcome.
Again it's not the worst, but it's clearly overrated.
Pretty aimless until the very end. Then I got it. Not a bad movie, but how did this beat out Inglourious Basterds for best original screenplay??
5+ years later, it still feels odd to call this a Best Picture winner. That's not to speak ill of The Hurt Locker in any way; rather, it's to sing the praises of the Academy for such a refreshing change of pace. It seems odd that such a voting body would give awards for something this compact in scope (unlike, say, Return of the King, this narratively focused (unlike Birdman), this ambivalent in meaning (unlike Argo). Who knows, maybe the Academy was making a cynical stab at relevance, choosing to award the first universally-acclaimed Iraq War film... or maybe they just really hated Avatar.
But even if it was for the wrong reasons, the Academy gave itself some major street-cred…
Fantastic film. Very intense, it draws you in and leaves you breathless. Renner and Mackie are outstanding.
Whoa there Rotten Tomatoes, 98%? A guy diffuses some bombs and smokes some cigarettes and develops a few average relationships with a few guys. It's intense because of the bombs & stuff, and it's exciting to watch.
This movie stresses me out.
The silence throughout is so powerful. Hardly a moment of swelling score or pestering underscore to get in the way of just how immediate James's mortality is. ...Then an epic rock anthem undermines everything. Credits roll.
I hate when a great film is accused of being awful solely because someone dislikes the conclusion, but it does feel like this was ripped from a completely different film.
With the exception of that final scene I loved it all more the second time around.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…