Having two boys means that I get subjected to the summer blockbuster movies. You know the type; large explosions, a bunch of eye-candy, and 2 hours of crappy plot and even worse story. Even with the fact that they know my feelings on those movie, they still asked me how I liked Transformers 2. In two words: "It sucked." Actually, they couldn't believe that I said that as they really enjoyed it. But for me, that was time that I will never get back.
However, I can now attend the next "blockbuster" with them. I know that no matter how bad the story or over the top the action might be (all CGI, most likely), I can think back to the wonderful movie experience I had when I took them to see the best film of the year, The Hurt Locker.
This film follows an Army Bomb Disposal unit through Iraq. While they occasionally get to disarm unexploded ordnance, for the most part they are called in to defuse Improvised Explosive Devices (IED). While this is what they have been trained to do, in Iraq this task is made more difficult by the many people watching. One, or more, may be waiting for the appropriate time to detonate the bomb, killing the soldier as well as others in the blast area. The characters provide more depth when the camera follows them during their down time. Here, you learn more about their home life, their hopes and fears, and their mental state. All of this adds to the story, creating more tension for the viewer, as the soldiers go about their tasks in the field.
This is a film that keeps the tension and suspense levels so high that you will remain in your seat for the duration of the film. By using hand held cameras, the film makers create a documentary feel to many of the scenes, and bring you up close and personal with the characters and their situations. In many of those scenes, you feel as though you are a part of the film, scanning the crowd for possible insurgents, feeling the stress of the situations along with the characters. Yes there are explosions and gun fire But there is also character development, a well developed story, and an outstanding plot. The Hurt Locker is a film you cannot miss.
We have seen several movies about urban warfare. One of my personal favorites is Ridley Scott’s “Black Hawk Down” that chronicles a harrowing incident in Somalia. With the war in Iraq still going on, filmmakers wouldn’t be hard-pressed to capitalize on today’s current events. Movies such as “Brothers” and “Home of the Brave” are some of the few. Director Kathryn Bigelow with screenwriter Mark Boal now chronicles the experiences of … more
"The Hurt Locker" currently stands as the most critically acclaimed film of 2009 and after seeing it just this week I'm inclined to agree this acclamation wholeheartedly. This really is a work of art from start to finish and has now been moved to the top of my list of movies to own and cherish forever. Since its release it has won numerous awards and has 9 Academy award nominations which they will undoubtedly win come the ceremony in March. The cast comprises of unknowns, but are ones … more
Generally speaking, watching war films isn't always a fun experience. After wards they can leave feeling down and depressed and while The Hurt Locker is mostly a serious film, it is filled with subtle humor and will leave you at the edge of your seat the minute the film starts. Being her first major directing job, Kathryn Bigelow did an outstanding job capturing all the nit and grit of the battlefield that is Iraq. In such a male dominated field (not directing; being a soldier), … more
The Hurt Locker represents a turning point for Hollywood: it not only marks the first time a woman has been awarded the Oscar for Best Picture, but also for Best Director, and anyone who has seen this film will surely agree it deserved them both. Bigelow's direction demonstrates a natural command over her subject, despite never having been to war. Her battle scenes deliver tense moments of suspense and terror in this story about a bomb disposal unit, Bravo Company, serving in the … more
I am still reeling from how good 'The Hurt Locker' is. It's one of those movies that stays with you and makes you want to talk about it with others - which is why I'm up writing this review. By far, this film is one of the most intense movies I've seen in a long time. The writing is superb. Mark Boal's script flies off the page with a brisk pace and treats the audience as intelligent people who do not need to be force fed. Tension is the through line here. … more
Pros: One of the actors was attractive and a couple of explosions are cool Cons: Grab a thesaurus and pick out 15 words for boring, all of them will apply The Bottom Line: 30 shades of brown 30 shades of ennui without content. Don't bother, waiting in line at the DMV is more exciting. Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. The Hurt Locker is a tepid film. It is inconsistent, … more
"The Hurt Locker" has just won the Academy Award for Best Motion Picture and it truly earns it. Here is a war movie that takes no real position on war, and especially no position on the Iraq War, and simply shows the mental and physical brutality and beauty of conflict. You know the story by now. It centers around a bomb disposal and disarmament team in Iraq who throw themselves into harm's way on a regular basis in order to make life safer for their fellow soldiers and civilians. … more
Hurt Locker isn't a bad film in itself and the story of the main character is interesting, as is the menace of the bombs and the faceless duel that seems to ensue. I think that part of the film is clever. The sets are fantastic and have a realistic gritty feel. Now I have not been to Iraq/Afghanistan myself but in my circle of friends there are two that have been there for tour of duty and keeping this in mind I don't think he story is far fetched as some here say. Things … more
Hey don't fret, potential enlistee! Hard as it is to discount the evidence of your senses when bombarded with skillful and costly cinematography, the 'gritty realism' of this film is totally unrealistic, full-bore Hollywood. Yeah, there may be scenes of mayhem similar to the scenes in the film at times, but not with such convenient regularity, not even in Baghdad in 2004. And there were innumerable other implausible or outright false details; just look at the one-star reviews here and not how many … more
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The Hurt Locker is a 2009 American war thriller directed by Kathryn Bigelow. Shot in Jordan, the film is based on recently declassified information about a U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) (bomb squad) team in present day Iraq. The Hurt Locker is written by Mark Boal, a freelance writer who was embedded with a bomb squad.
The Hurt Locker was picked up by distributor Summit Entertainment. The film was released in the U.S. on June 26, 2009 in New York and Los Angeles, going wider on July 24, 2009.
The Hurt Locker follows a U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit as it works to defuse a series of improvised explosive devices (IED) in the streets of Iraq.
When the team's long-time bomb technician is killed, he is quickly replaced with the intelligent but impulsive Sergeant First Class William James. Team members Sergeant JT Sanborn and Specialist Owen Eldridge are initially disturbed by William's reckless behavior, but they learn to work together as a unit. It soon becomes apparent that William actually craves the feeling of mortal danger that he experiences while defusing bombs.
As the unit deals with one explosive device after another, it confronts the unpredictable and extreme violence of a growing Iraqi insurgency. Team members struggle constantly to distinguish enemy insurgents from innocent Iraqis and to protect themselves while avoiding civilian casualties. As the group's tour of duty draws to a close, each member suffers visibly from ...