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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.
I did not expect to enjoy this, really. War and desert. But it was captivating and kept one's interest easily. Funny little details, like Ralph Fiennes in the middle of sand dunes brought unexpected moments. Recommended even if you do not like films about war...
I remember really liking this movie when I first watched it. Extremely suspenseful, awesome actors and the war-as-a-drug storyline that I hadn't encountered that way before.
Re-watching it, I still liked it very much, still was glued to the sofa and still liked the acting.
I wasn't as awe-struck as I was the first time watching it, but I guess that's normal for most good movies that aren't your all-time-favourites.
Could also be that I'm not that excited about war movies anymore.
Didn't find the yelling & shouting scenes very interesting but what was done well were the sniping scenes & the depiction of the desert in particular as "why the hell are we here?" Characters one dimensional & I couldn't give a stuff whether Renner blew himself up or not.
I really like Kathryn Bigelow, but I've been endlessly delaying watching this one because it feels like the big shift from her awesome cult weirdo movies to serious, no-fun ones that win awards. It's a relief to find that it's still a pretty fantastic film, full of tension and uncomfortably edgy army co-dependence, that wastes no time in showing that people aren't necessarily safe just because you recognise the actor playing them. I wasn't crazy about the ending, where Jeremy Renner explains his entire life to a baby and then strolls off back to battle to crunching guitars, but the rest of the film is flawlessly executed.
go off miss Kathryn
What I got to say about "The Hurt Locker" is a hell of a good movie. The performances are so well done. The directing by Kathryn Bigelow is so powerful. The screenplay by Mark Boal is great. The cinematography is outstanding. The score and special effects excellent. "I'm raving that "The Hurt Locker" is one of the best movies of 2008. A must see movie!"
Heralded as the only film directed by a woman that won an Academy Award for Best Picture and Director—The Hurt Locker is arguably one of the best war films of our time, giving us a merciless look on our men fighting on the battlefields of Iraq. Kathryn Bigelow achieves the unimaginable as she navigates the warfare with such tension and adrenaline without losing the soul of her characters and the subtlety they deserve. Bigelow employ so many stylistic elements that came altogether perfectly. From the shots, to the camera angles, and even to the set pieces—the direction is close to perfection. The writing is precise as well, it doesn’t become overly political like what happened to her Zero Dark Thirty,…
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One of the things I love a movie can do is end on an pessimistic note but still have you leaving the theatre (or your living room) having you singing a different tune, cheering even, as the hero marches off into no-man's land, fate unknown or doomed.
I also forgot how boss Anthony Mackie was in this.
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