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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.
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.
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…
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…
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 definitely 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."
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…
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.
The Hurt Locker moves very slowly: Ok now lets take three steps towards the bomb, WAIT, pause for a minute, then move again. However, it's portrayal of the Iraq war certainly is powerful.
Absolutely love this movie.
Terrible camera work, but an engaging story nonetheless.
I hate that excuse about using shakey cam to feel closer to the story. I don't. I just want to turn the television off.
Fuck shakey cam.
Performances were fine.
Story was decent, but nothing very new.
Not all it's hyped up to be, just some run-of-the-mill war story without the umph.
"What's the movie about?"
"A guy who diffuses bombs."
"He diffuses bombs. And then he goes home...but then he goes back and diffuses bombs again."
"Is that it?"
I understand the significance of this, but I wasn't really compelled. With better characters, and meaningful development, this could have been better. However, the actual scenes of warfare and bomb diffusing make it worth seeing.
I thought it could have been better, and the fact that it won Best Picture is odd.
I have to write an essay on this about the lighting but like... it's just the sun dude.
There's like, two females in the entire movie, at a max of 2 minutes combined, so no, not gay
Film #13 of Smiler Grogan's Scavenger Hunt
Task 6/30: A Best Picture Oscar-winning film
The Hurt Locker provides a suspenseful and thrilling view into war. Gripping, beautiful and filmed with a real sense of urgency the film immerses you into the shoes of these characters, although attempts to make those shoes more personal fall a little flat.
The Hurt Locker follows a bomb disposal unit during the Iraq war. Cocky James (Renner) is appointed the new team leader of a squad (Mackie and Geraghty) whom recently lost theirs.
I really loved this, the choice to have it filmed in a an almost documentary style pays off tremendously, the constant move of the camera puts you right there in…
Really good blockbuster.
An adrenaline rush of a movie. Great war film