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The Hurt Locker (2009)

USA 131m, Colour
Director: Kathryn Bigelow; Cast: Jeremy Renner; Anthony Mackie; Brian Geraghty; Christian Camargo; Evangeline Lilly; Ralph Fiennes, David Morse; Guy Pearce

The Hurt Locker is a realistic-looking account of an American military explosive disposal team who are stationed in Iraq and who spend most every day attempting to safely rid the country of unexploded improvised explosive devices. What sets this film apart from most other war-genre films is that it does not rely on a stereotypical plot to drive the action, but rather, we simply witness the events and the resulting individual tensions which arise between those involved. In stark contrast to the ugliness of the war, The Hurt Locker is beautifully filmed; and as a character study, the effects of this most dangerous job are dramatically manifest in compelling ways through each member of the team (Klaus Ming March 1, 2010).


2 comments on “The Hurt Locker (2009)

  1. Castor

    Actually not a very realistic movie in terms of military depiction. Most of the situations and behavior would not happen in real life. Heck, they couldn’t even get the uniforms right! Entertaining movie though 🙂

  2. klausming

    Good points, I probably should have been more careful with my general praise of it’s realism – considering that my only basis for this comment comes from news footage and my own brief visit to the middle east. When commenting on the realistic-look of the film, I was thinking more about the pseudo-documentary look and feel it had – which District 9 also shared. But, this reminds me of a comment from a film buddy when I made a similar statement about the realism of LeRoy’s 1932 “I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang” – I should have learned to be more specific by now 🙂 Thanks for the comment!

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