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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.
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."
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.
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…
Love is a beautiful thing. People love a bunch of things. Their pets, their friends, their family, bombs. Well the last one might be a little more of a rarity. But regardless, my point is, passion is passion. Is that why Jeremy Renner can't stop diffusing bombs? Ya know I'm still not sure yet. He makes his point rather clear when talking to his baby son in one of the best scenes of the movie saying that the older people get, the less things they actually love. Basically saying that the biggest love he had in his life was diffusing bombs. I am unsure if this is all of why he was so tied up in his time in the…
OK, I get it now. Jeremy Renner can actually act so it makes sense he got all those parts over the last few years. It doesn't explain why he's pants in all of them though.
Stand out for me was Mr Mackie. Dude had me feeling for him 100% when he had his breakdown in the car.
Mer filosofisk än jag trodde. Osammanhängande.
Wonderfully intense film. It's rare to see such a small, focused scope when it comes to war films...this one pulls it off brilliantly. Great performances, excellent direction. I was very pleased when this one took home Best Picture.
I thought I would be marking the film down from my original rating but 3 stars feels right. The episodes are interesting but they diminsh in impact even as the movie starts to recognise that Renner's James needs to start acting like he cares about other people for us to care about him.
I can recall the freshness that the film had so I'm wondering if the reassessment of wars that usually follow through art has placed this film in the middle of a much bigger pack now than in 2008. Also Renner has acted better since imo. For Bigelow to address the adrenaline rush of war to add to her collection of "ground rush shit" is what makes the film interesting.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
For a film that won Best Picture at the Oscars (not to mention earning director Kathryn Bigelow the honor of being the first female Best Director winner), this film performed fairly abysmally at the box office. Given how prevalent that dark, gritty morally-ambivalent dramas have become in popular culture, how was it that this film got left by the wayside? Well, while the film does have its moments of brilliance, it takes the unfortunate misstep of ending up halfway between the two categories of war movies; it neither fully critiques and explores the complexities of war nor does it telegraph itself as hot-blooded, "I Bleed Red, White and Blue" propagandized America gun porn.
The opening scene of the film does…
An excellent tense and suspenseful movie which follows Jeremy Renner as a bomb disposal expert in the Iraq war. Not a job I'd like
If you do not consider that they are grown boys playing with their toys on a huge and desert playground, laughing with friends, then this film is spectacular.
It lacks of sense of reality, but overall, it's ok.
A thrilling movie with something to say about war. The performances are excellent especially from Jeremy Renner.
Ganhou o Oscar e talz, mas n vi tudo isso, e olha que revi ele algumas vezes.
Esses filmes com uma pegada patriota sempre ganham um espaço na academia. O filme eh muito bom e bem impactante, pelo fator de uma guerra explicita.
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