All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
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…
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…
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.
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.
"The Hurt Locker" shows a side of the war in the Middle East like no other war film does. Rather than screaming "MUUUR-KHUUUUU!" and waving the old Stars-n-Stripes with their bullets shaped like eagles, this film is from the point of view of three men, James, Sanborn, and Eldridge, all men in the Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit. It follows their journey as they wear down their tour until all are sent home, and it shows how the war affects every man differently.
"The Hurt Locker" is a film that has no true sides. No good, no evil. While we see the Americans and the Iraqis, we always see them struggling equally. The Americans with the crippling psychological strain, and the Iraqis with the equal struggle of being caught in a the middle of a needless conflict.
All in all, "The Hurt Locker" is a must watch.
The scene where the mercenaries all get killed by the Americans survive during the sniper attack ruined it for me. Not that it was that great anyway.
One of the most tense movies I've ever seen, with really good writing, acting, and cinematography.
I only wish there was more of a sense of purpose throughout, but the ending wraps it up pretty well, so it might not be as bad as I thought.
The Hurt Locker is a very intense war film that relies on a documentary-like style that shows a series of operations instead of a standard 2-hour plot, thus putting the viewer right into the middle of the action. Great performance by Jeremy Renner!
Kathryn Bigelow who must have a fetish for killing, torturing, and altogether victimizing muslims made her big breakthrough with this piece of garbage. The movie is unrealistic to an extreme and just feels like a war porn film out to glamorize the US military and demonize Iraqi resistance to the US presence in their country. The movie is shallow approaches complex issues as if they are black and white.
While i haven been the biggest fan of war-movies in the past. American Sniper and The Hurt Locker has really turned me around.
The movie is well directed, with a load of interesting characters. While many complain about the constant shakycam, i think it works perfectly. Few movies work as well as this with almost exclusive use of handheld.
I do wish we got at least one more slow-motion bomb shot though. That first scene was magnificent. I also love when movies use big actors, but still see them as expendable. Not many movies would use Evangeline Lily, Ralph Fiennes and Guy Ritchie for as small an amount as they did here.
Good job Kathryn Bigelow! Keep it comin
Fuck i don't want this job.
MELHOR QUE AVATAR
Brutal and poetic.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…