Movie: "The Hurt Locker"
Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow
Writing credits: Mark Boal
Plot: A tense look at what an army bomb squad stationed in Iraq has to deal with on a daily basis.
Review: Caught this movie on a whim the other night and was surprised at just how captivating it was. I'll preface this review by telling you that I can't comment on how realistic or how accurate the film is. I'm not in the military (shocking, I know), so I can only compare it to other war films I've seen. Full Metal Jacket will always be my favorite, but it's always nice to see a new film that handles the subject of war well.
It all starts off with a US Army Sergeant First Class William James arriving in Iraq to take over the command of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit whose commander was recently killed by a bomb. The team quickly realizes that James has a very different leadership style and things start tensing up extremely fast.
Turns out, James is so gung-ho about defusing bombs that it's pretty much the one thing in life that he truly loves. While he is great at what he does, his fearless style in these incredibly dangerous situations only heightens the intensity of what his team is experiencing every day. For example, I'm sure you can imagine how removing his communications gear while defusing a bomb would really put his fellow soldiers completely on edge.
The film truly does a fantastic job of establishing a nervous atmosphere with each situation they get into by keeping things very quiet, and the pace extremely slow. This potent combination will have you holding your breath, waiting to see what's going to happen to the soldiers, and nearly exhausted after each intensely visceral scene.
The Hurt Locker isn't without its flaws, however. There are certainly elements of the film which come off more like Hollywood sensationalism to add more drama to a story that didn't need it. For example, I thought the movie could've easily done without the scene in which the Sergeant William James abandons his unit in the middle of the night by sneaking into an Iraqi citizen's car and invading somebody's house. It was just a little too over the top. Then again, much of his behavior in the film seemed like something that wouldn't be tolerated in the military as he often put his fellow team members in jeopardy.
Despite the few unnecessary scenes, the movie had me completely engaged from start to finish. It puts you right into the heat of battle where you find yourself suspecting everyone and everything could potentially kill these soldiers at any given moment. Whether you agree or disagree with the war, put those feelings aside and watch this movie. I'm sure you'll find it just as nerve-wracking (in a good way) as I did.
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)
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