The Hurt Locker

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Studio: Uni Dist Corp. (summit) Release Date: 01/12/2010 Run time: 131 minutes Rating: RAmazon.com
The making of honest action movies has become so rare that Kathryn Bigelow’s magnificent The Hurt Locker was shown mostly in art cinemas rather than multiplexes. That’s fine; the picture is a work of art. But it also delivers more kinetic excitement, more breath-bating suspense, more putting-you-right-there in the danger zone than all the brain-dead, visua… More >>

The Hurt Locker

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  1. I am an Army EOD Technician and I took great offense to how we were portrayed in this movie. I have operational experience in Bosnia and Afghanistan. If I ever had an EOD team leader like SFC James I would have made it my mission in life to see that he was removed from the EOD program amd reduced in rank. Blatant disregard for safety and procedures will get you and your men killed very quickly. Let’s not even discuss the rediculous scenarios that these characters seemed to continually find themselves thrust into. Never would a lone EOD team venture into the field without some sort of security element or at least another EOD team truck to provide cover and assistance in the event of hostile action. I was actually angry during the entire length of this movie. EOD Technicians are some of the most highly trained military personnel in service and it was absolutely disrespectful to see them portrayed this way. I think that all military members should avoid this movie. I’d like to know who the military advisor to the film was so I could give them a piece of my mind too. THIS MOVIE SUCKS!
    Rating: 1 / 5

  2. I just returned from a tour in Iraq, working directly with EOD, learning the ins and outs. All I have to say is this movie really pissed me off, watching it with all of my EOD tech buddies around, them pointing out everything that these guys were doing in the movie that was wrong, even I knew that you had to be an idiot just to pull command wire out from the sand…it really was not a fun experience. I mean going out in the streets of baghdad in a hoodie… seriously? These movie really was offensive, me personally going outside the wire almost every day and seeing EOD techs get killed out there and knowing that we really dont do stuff like this, this movie was a big BIG letdown!!
    Rating: 1 / 5

  3. The thing I thought was really excellent about this was the editing. Notice how as things are getting tenser, the cuts become quicker?

    Seems to capture what I imagine to be a characteristic of life in an EOD team, and in war generally: nail-biting tension as you think something’s going to happen, then nothing happens. Then, no tension, then something unexpected happens. Rarely do expectation and reality seem to converge.

    After watching this, danged if you don’t feel like you were embedded in a sapper group in Iraq for a couple of weeks!
    Rating: 3 / 5

  4. “The Hurt Locker” begins when a U.S. army bomb technician is killed, and he is replaced by Staff Sergeant James, a reckless ex-Ranger for whom “war is a drug.” He is the anti-hero of Kathryn Bigelow’s film, a man so addicted to and absorbed with danger that he recklessly puts at risk his two teammates and cannot even talk to his wife. The man is in fact so narcissistic that he mistakenly identifies a young boy who is killed and turned into a human bomb as a boy he knows, and madly jumps alone into the dark night in search of the boy’s killers.

    As a psychopath Sergeant James should have gotten his two teammates killed, but somehow he manages to save both. Specialist Eldridge becomes depressed and angry when he fails to shoot dead the man responsible for his sergeant’s death. He encourages his psychiatrist to visit the field, and the psychiatrist does, only to be blown away by an IED. On his last mission Eldridge is almost kidnapped by insurgents, but is saved by Sergeant James and Sergeant Sanborn. James shoots Eldridge’s foot, ending Eldridge’s tour. Eldridge understandably blames James’ reckless heroics for his plight, but if Eldridge had stayed in the battlefield he would have probably gone insane. And then there’s Sanborn, who as an intelligence officer turned bomb tech support thought he was like James, but James showed him that couldn’t possibly be true. In the end, when a bomb almost kills him, Sanborn decides he wants to live, and wants to finally hold a baby son in his hands.

    When James is finally holding his baby son with his own hands, James can only tell him that he wasn’t meant to raise a family; in fact he was meant to do only one thing. The movie closes with James returning to Iraq, and heading to defuse a bomb by himself.

    The movie has received much critical acclaim, and while there’s a striking ambiguity and ambivalence to the film that is rare in Hollywood it nevertheless is a shallow and predictable film. There’s a lot to commend about the film. The nameless faceless enemy that James and his team battle are everywhere and nowhere, and is an apt representation of the enemy that the Americans are facing in Iraq: against resourceful numerous phantoms the war is to survive, not to win. James is an interesting character, but he’s really underdeveloped, and we’re supposed to take his complexity at face value when the director works very little to develop his full complexity. The movie’s major limitation though is the hackneyed plot lines and story arcs that it follows.

    In terms of an artistic documentation of the war as well as a parable into the horrors of war HBO’s “Generation Kill” is far more appealing. In the 7-part series a platoon of recon Marines is spearheading the invasion of Iraq. They are armed and ready to kill, but there’s a splendid innocence to them. They joke around easily, and they share a strong bond that only imminent danger could instill. The stupidity and arrogance of war and its planners soon overwhelm them, and by the end they’re fighting and bickering amongst themselves, questioning their very identity as American soldiers. The executive producers were the same team that created “The Wire,” and “Generation Kill” also had the same raw, gritty feel that made “The Wire” so compelling to watch.

    Compared with “Generation Kill” Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker” seems insincere and flawed.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  5. The concept of the rebel bomb squad technician who just doesn’t follow army rules/regulations or a chain of command is ridiculous. (It reminded me of Keanu in Speed.)

    The main character put everybody in a one-mile radius in danger for 90 minutes. At one point in the movie, he doesn’t want to wait for the cavalry to arrive after a bombing, so he runs around downtown Iraq to catch the bad guys…and gets his partner caught/shot, cant remember which. Army of one…

    This movie must have been accuracy-checked by a 12-year-old because he had played all the Call of Duty games.

    On the other hand, the cinematography was great! I have to give them that. Entertaining, but a wholly ridiculous movie.
    Rating: 1 / 5

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