The Hurt Locker
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The movie follows three members of Bravo Company's Explosive Ordanance Disposal (EOD) squad, as they struggle to finish the last few days of their year long tour of duty. Everyone copes differently; Specialist Eldridge (Geraghty) is overwhelmed at times with the death that surrounds them, Staff Sergeant James (Renner) is addicted to the rush of battle, and Sergeant Sanborn (Mackie) supports James as best he can. James is a complex, fascinating and tragic character; he's extremely competent, yet eccentric and even reckless to the point where his teammates consider fragging him in order to make it back alive. In a thoughtful gesture, he respects the work of his adversaries and keeps all the trigger mechanisms of bombs he has defused in the past. Every engagement the soldiers experience until their departure affects them, and we see every emotional impact.Read more ›
This is a thriller of a movie about a U.S. Army bomb disposal unit in Iraq and their daily grind in dealing with the IEDs and insurgents there.
This movie does have several stars - but Ralph Fiennes, Guy Pierce, and Evangeline Lilly all have fairly small roles. Blink, and you'll miss them. Their presence in this movie is more a testament to director/producer Kathryn Bigelow's status in the entertainment industry than anything else.
Jeremy Renner is Sergeant James, a bomb tech. Unlike his affable predecessor, he is a wild man. He seems not only indifferent to the dangers of his job, he absolutely revels in the dangers. It is the ultimate in thrill seeking behavior, getting that dopamine surge in his brain. Near the end of the movie, Sgt. James gets accused of being an adrenaline junkie, but we know now that the neurochemical at work here is dopamine. Bomb disposal is not just a job for him, but his passion, his addiction, his reason for being in the Army.
Renner's character ends up like a cross between Elmer Fudd, with his perpetually placid and slightly befuddled gaze, and Bugs Bunny, with his wile and lust for excitement and danger.
His two partners in the unit, Sgt. Sanborn and Specialist Eldridge, who have to cover him and just want to survive their tour of duty, don't know quite how to deal with his determination to confront danger. One wonders at why Sgt. James puts himself in danger, why he takes the extra risks to defuse a bomb when detonating it would do.Read more ›
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This is a good movie. We love military movies because we were both in the military. This is a good movie to havePublished 3 days ago by Shirley M. Conley
I have to admit, I'm disappointed in this move. Katherine Bigelow has directed movies like Point Break, Near Dark and Strange Days which have a very distinct style to them which... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Biker Stud
I finally have a full collection of a war-classic directed by kathryn bigelow. This hurt locker steelbook comes with playable blu ray and dvd on region 1/a/usa and canada playable... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Xzzzy-starr
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Unfortunately Teriek we live in a society where people are brain washed sheep and if you express intellectual thought you are a whack job. Individual thought is looked down on and intelligent debate usually (especially on the internet) decays into name calling. Don't you know you're supposed to... Read More
Mar 7, 2010 by Bud Slammin Man | See all 40 posts
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guys the kid didnt die. It was another kid with the explosives inside him. Beckham appears later in the film. Come on pay attention.
Feb 3, 2010 by Luis Candiales | See all 17 posts
|Has anyone who was motion-sick (nausea) in theater tried rewatching this...||
I think the whole intentional camera shake is over-used to the point of being corny. I think they should go back to using it only in scenes where there's some fast-paced action. Shaking the camera around while two people are exchanging ideas doesn't really help the story any. I've even seen... Read More
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