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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.
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 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.
Pretty intense and pretty damn good.
the last half was certainly a lot more effective than the first, but it was never compelling as I thought it would be given the praises I heard about the direction and its unpolitical nature. And oh, the camera work is just bad.
I. Loved. It. There's something about war movies that makes them so gripping. I could watch them for hours & this one is no exception. You go, Kathryn Bigelow.
During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work.
Complex and insightful study of men at war with a more timeless message than focusing on the specifics of the Iraq war.
Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker" rightfully avoids being a political war film in the vein of many synonymous pictures released throughout the aughts that focus in on the soldiers in the Middle East. Throwing sentiminentality out the window and letting the sand-scorched grit define her characters' scenarios, Bigelow finds intensity in her action by not playing for cheap thrills or familar techniques. Baring all falsehood and giving us a new breed of superhero archtype defined, most powerfully, with an exit rock song beating like an anthem to its tragedy-laced main character.
kathryn bigelow takes on masculinity and death in a more compelling way than anyone else. damn.
Continues to be the most tense movie I've seen. It's really remarkable how essentially we just hop from set piece to set piece at a rapid pace. There are a few moments to take a breather and settle yourself, but those are very sparse. Bigelow does a great job of mining each scene to all its depths while still making everything seem completely believable and tangible within this world. All three of our main guys are stellar as well. We're able to get into their psyche even if we don't get all the insight of their past. The focus is how they react to each situation in the moment and the overall stress of this endeavor, not so much where…
The hurt locker is an excellent film capturing the life of a veteran and the detachment he feels from the world after the war, it's like the whole prespective of the world shifts right in front of him and he is emotionally blank , i have to say it deserves it's best picture oscar
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