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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.
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…
The Good: Intense. Suspenseful. Jeremy Renner.
The Bad: Very Hollywoodized. Lots of unrealistic moments. The odd subplot in the second half involving the little kid—it's downright terrible and it should've been cut. That and almost every scene where the team is not diffusing bombs.
The Bottom Line: The Hurt Locker suffers from the same flaws as Bigelow and Boal's latest effort—they tried to make a realistic film out of a preposterous script. This is considered one of the greatest films of the 2000s? Bullshit.
Rating would be higher, but reading about the things the film did wrong from a military standpoint (how soldiers operate in those situations in general) kinda ruined my enjoyment of the movie a tad. Still an intense as hell movie that drips with tension unlike any other film I've seen before.
Im really impressed by the intensity of this film without much actual gunfire. Most all war movies I know get a lot of excitement and intensity from loud noises from gunfire and explosions. This kinda of other side of warfare was really interesting to watch: defusing bombs. Jeremy Renner really played his part well and I thoroughly enjoyed this film.
Just a fantastic film
I like this film a lot, but not as much as the film awards out there. It's a fascinating story though and the acting is great.
Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal bring an ultra-realism to their bard-of-the-modern-warrior filmmaking that destroys me every time. In a genre that is otherwise entirely dominated by decades of utter BS, they're a window into something that makes you feel like it's only a few beats removed from real thing.
An enjoyable and well acted war film. Don't think it's quite worthy of the almost universal praise it has received but it is enjoyable all the same.
Bigelow orchestrates a few masterful sequences here - the opening sequence w/Guy Pearce, the sniper battle, the disarming in the middle of the street - that turn the tension screws past bearable levels. Boal's script is solid, and attempts to get at the psychological issues that a soldier must have to be good at (and even relish) a job like Renner's. The third act diversion into the town is still problematic for me, and seems to come out of nowhere, but the coda brings thing back full circle in such poignant fashion that it isn't a diversion so much as a speed bump.
Her movie is really really long, but I never bored of it.
Rough and Intense.
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- The Birth of a Nation
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- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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1. THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007) by Paul Thomas Anderson
IMDb: 8.1 | RT: 91% || Points: 2110 | Peak:…