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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…
Expertly directed and incredibly, The Hurt Locker's occasional pacing issues and mixed-message ending only just get in the way of this visceral war film.
Is this a good film? Yes. Is it exactly what I expected? Yes. The Hurt Locker is a well oiled machine of a movie (which is exactly why Bigelow got her well deserved best director win). The performances are good, it looks good, the battle scene are engaging, but it's not really anything new or special.
A very good modern war film. I love the fact Ministry is on the soundtrack. My only beef with the film is the sniper scene. One of the better studio films from the last decade.
Not best picture worthy but it was very good.
'Going to war is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It could be fun.'
Where are all the films about the Iraq War?
Someone asked me this once, and I didn't really have an answer for him. But having seen The Hurt Locker, I don't understand what his problem is. The Hurt Locker has action, has explosions, has fighting, but like all good war films, it is about the effects of war, and about the people involved. It is a modern update on the old motif of the Vietnam vet struggling to adjust to life, and it is a powerful insight into modern warfare. Kathryn Bigelow mixes action and character brilliantly, and it makes for a potent look into some of the effects…
I don't really watch war movies, but watched this one because of Renner and damn son. I got so obsessed with it I ended up watching it 4 times in 3 weeks. No shame.
I just fall in love with the character so much. There's something about him being so rackless and addicted to war and him not knowing how to function out of war that makes me go ughh. I could watch this 100 more times tbh. I'm so bad at writing reviews tho, look at me I cna't even put in words what I loved so much about this whole movie I just loved it.
Perhaps ironic that the first woman to win an Oscar should get it for such an intensely male film (maybe two women have speaking parts, and then for seconds). Difficult to deny the amount of craft involved: intensely claustrophobic and tense. Its a worm's eye view - that of the average soldier - the context is not explained its just utterly bewildering. Apocalypse now?
A different point of view from most war films gives The Hurt Locker a range and angle which overcomes a lot of the genre's staples. Jeremy Renner excels as a sort of Clint Eastwood/John Wayne character dropped into a realistic backdrop, with the price of his selfish heroism and lust for danger starkly spelt out.
I can't say I enjoyed this the second time, I sorta wondered what I'd seen in it the first time. It has some individual scenes of great tension and power, but ultimately just seems to add up to a big nothing. I'm probably in the wrong on this one given how much of a critical darling it is, but ugh. Maybe part of it is just being so sick of Jeremy Renner's little leprechaun face from him being cast in what feels like every action movie made in the last 7 years.
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:…