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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.
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…
No matter how "good" or "bad" the film to win best picture is, it will always be considered overrated by a large populous of the viewing pubic. The idea of a singular film being proclaimed the best out of the hundreds of alternative contenders in an entire year is far too touchy a subject to be taken with a quarter-grain of salt. However, in my own unbiased opinion, The Hurt Locker was not necessarily overrated at all. The semi-true story of one of, if not the, most skilled individuals in the American bomb-disposal unit is an enormously intense movie that does not allow me to look away in its frequent moments of visceral urgency. When it comes down to its…
"War is a drug", it's a really good quote because it portrays this movie so well, being in a war is not good, but some thrive on it, they become heroes in situations of great danger, they don't fear the consequences.
Jeremy Renner plays a huge role on this movie and does it very well (I'd say it's his best performance so far). The suspense moments in this movie are so intense that makes us sense that danger is constant the entire movie. Also, I deeply enjoyed Marco Beltrami's score. One of my favorite movies!
Having admired and adored Kathryn Bigelow's later work, Zero Dark Thirty I came to The Hurt Locker with high expectations. These expectations were mostly met. The Hurt Locker is a grimly realistic and engrossing war film that puts you right into the action and never lets up.
The competency of the filmmaking is very apparent with every sequence being so perfectly paced and filmed. While ultimately just a sequence of different scenarios that the bomb squad goes through in the final days of their rotation, unique nature of each scenario keeps them from being pedestrian and by the numbers.
The biggest flaw with The Hurt Locker that ultimately hinders it's overall quality is the fact that there is very little…
One of my favorites. I am a fan of war films and this seemed to accurately portray the setting and experiences of the characters. Stressful at times, which helped draw the viewer into the situations further.
7.5/10. Good but overrated
WHOA. That's about all I can say about this movie right now. Really intense. Anthony Mackie and Jeremy Renner are fantastic. I love the overall lack of any real plot or character arcs. Powerful stuff. Time to go watch a bunch of other Kathryn Bigelow movies.
I like Jeremy Renner in this, he's a cool dude. He's got an explosive attitude.
Intense and full of suspense. It feels like reality TV on war, but having a wild guy on the team is impractical in real life and puts the team at risk. The film's too long, but gives a decent insight into the uglies of war.
There are many masterful setpieces in this film, tense and emotionally stressful. Iraq is not a good place to be, and the film shows how strange the war actually is, and the paranoia soldiers face there. That said, it wasn't always easy to connnect to the characters, and the film gave me the doldrums each time character's backgrounds were being explored.
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1. THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007) by Paul Thomas Anderson
IMDb: 8.1 | RT: 91% || Points: 2110 | Peak:…