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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.
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.
The Good: Intense. Suspenseful. Jeremy Renner.
The Bad: Very Hollywoodized. Lots of unrealistic moments. The odd subplot in the second half involving the little kid—it's downright terrible and it should've been cut. That and almost every scene where the team is not diffusing bombs.
The Bottom Line: The Hurt Locker suffers from the same flaws as Bigelow and Boal's latest effort—they tried to make a realistic film out of a preposterous script. This is considered one of the greatest films of the 2000s? Bullshit.
War as profession. War as death wish. A movie that isn't great on the nerves, but it's unlike almost any war film ever seen: continentally pertinent and, yet, almost without context - just pressure cooker situation after pressure cooker situation. I nearly want to overlook the questionable last act where badass extraordinaire decides that conscience should supersede his previous impulsive heroics. One of Bigelow's few visual metaphors centers Renner in a grocery store cereal aisle, contemplating the vapidity of shopping for processed foods while men are dying in an attempt to dislodge C-4 from a repentant suicide bomber. However, Bigelow salvages these lapses in judgment, ending the film with a shot of men going back into the field, rocking out to heavy metal.
6 Oscars and 6 Baftas maybe, but it's still a huge disappointment. There's little realism on offer outside of the first five minutes when Jeremy Renner turns up as maverick bomb disposal expert William James. He's gung-ho, annoying and basically risks the lives of his hapless colleagues as he swims against the tide of bomb disposal etiquette. It's semi engaging, but the plot is so preposterous that I could never fully commit to the film. It's like Rambo dressed up as something more intelligent and meaningful, but I guess at the end of the day Hollywood is in the entertainment business. For fans of darker, grittier films, it's a shame, but this is possibly best avoided.
THRILLING!!! But the reckless attitude of the leader got to my nerves..
The Hurt Locker (2008) - 8
A film that portrays the precarious existence of a little Explosive Ordnance Disposal team in the Iraq war. Very well directed, excellent acting. Intelligent, thrilling and very raw (in all aspects) from beginning to end. It manages, in an interesting way, to lay bare how insignificant and vain can be the motivations that lead someone to submit itself to the distress of warfare. I'll have to watch this movie again as I feel that it has a lot more to absorb than I got in just 1 view, will probably rate it higher then. This and Kathryn Bigelow's most recent work, "Zero Dark Thirty" which I'd rate at least 9, share the same cinematic tissue, very raw and intelligent portray of real events, but they have a lot more under the surface, a lot more than a literal interpretation of what happens on the screen can unravel.
There is a poetic story which deserves to be applauded, but the film itself suffers from bad pacing and obvious plot holes.
#Filmreview The Hurt Locker ★★★★ Taut, military thriller feels real & shows how gung-ho adrenaline rush soldiering impacts on all the cast.
The movie is a piece well-filmed, tense vignettes. The ending (which I won't spoil here) is strong. I've read that the characters were meant to be shells that you could fill in with your own family/friends that have/are serving in Iraq/Afghanistan. I think that this detracted from the movie as a whole. However, I would recommend seeing it -- a strong piece of film-making.
THIS won Oscars for directing, writing, & best picture?! Wow.
Jeremy Renner did a solid job with his role, but something tells me he deserves as much credit as Kathryn Bigelow for that. And it's a shame his talent is mostly wasted in this film. Some of the action sequences are well done, but after watching an interview with Bigelow, I have a feeling that the film's Pentagon advisers & stunt coordinator(s) are responsible for that. The drama between the action is shallow, trite, and corny. None of the characters are sufficiently filled out to warrant very much interest in their futures or their pasts. The film also received a cinematography Oscar, and the photography was adequate, at best. It's just hand-held…
It is Hollywood’s pick as the best film of 2009, and it’s a damned good choice. A tense, engaging thriller about a bomb-disposal unit in Iraq that is refreshingly apolitical and urgent. The cast is tops, the direction is assured and smart, and the film works as both a commentary of the fragile, emotional state of soldiers at war as well as a kinetic popcorn action picture.
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