114 of 124 people found the following review helpful
Let's make a realistic movie about real life and see how many people watch it?,
This review is from: Hurt Locker [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Normally I feel this would be irrelevant but in this case I should point out I am a veteran. I should also point out many people tend to exaggerate their combat expertise and experience and just because you wore a uniform doesn't make you an expert on all things military. As I read these reviews I can't help but laugh. Sure, some movies tend to go way over the top in regards to what's realistic or even plausible but there is one caveat that all of the people who are lambasting the movie based on realism are failing to grasp. Realism doesn't sell; if I were to make a movie about the average day for an average soldier no one would watch it. So you say, what about these documentaries that do well financially following soldiers in war zones? Have you ever met anyone who ever acted one hundred percent natural and themselves when they know they are being filmed? I watched this movie and I think it was a very good, entertaining movie and that's what movies are supposed to do, ENTERTAIN. The difference between myself and some of the negative reviewers is that I'm not naive enough to watch a movie and think it is fact or that writers/directors don't take MASSIVE liberties with situations or their realistic nature; even "based on a true story" movies do this because if they were 100% fact and no fiction no one would watch because again, they would be very boring. I am smart enough to separate reality from Hollywood movie making and I don't need personal experiences to do this. For those of us that know Hollywood doesn't make realistic movies and don't think this is supposed to be a real life documentary (hello, it never billed itself as such) then I think they will thoroughly enjoy this movie. Of course if it's important for you to point out "they weren't wearing the right uniforms" then obviously you take life way, way, way too seriously to every enjoy a great movie and in that case should skip this one.
Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 1-4 of 4 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Apr 4, 2013 6:44:39 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 4, 2013 6:45:35 PM PDT
I just watched this movie, finally. After all of Hollywood lauded this movie for over a year after its release. I'm NOT a "war movie" enthusiast. Truth be told, I did rent "Jarhead" long before I watched this, precisely b/c of what the veteran reviewers say NOT to fall for in Hollywood made war movies...I thought from all reviewers that Jarhead was a more 'True-to-Life' representation of war in the middle east. I may have been right in that assessment, but so were the veteran reviewers who warn that something closely following reality will be really, really boring to watch. As was Jarhead.
The problem comes from '2 minutes of horrifying reality' followed by days on end of routine nothingness...this is true for life in general...and try to make a movie running almost 2 hours based on "2 minutes of gripping reality" -it does not work,,,IMO, not even for documentaries. [Unless its a particular subject/topic for which you have extreme interest in, and therefor, by logical extension, severe confirmation bias in...so why bother?]
In short, Hurt Locker was indeed a great movie, well acted, scripted and scened. I found it thoroughly entertaining, and would actually watch it again.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 12, 2013 12:26:27 PM PDT
Steven S says:
I couldn't agree more. I just find it absurd that you have people giving the movie a poor review based on the concept of "realism" when a movie isn't selling itself as a true story or documentary; the review should be based on the quality of the movie. Telling people that Hollywood made a movie that doesn't follow real life just strikes me as pretty asinine and assumes a very HUGE ignorance on the part of the movie goer.
Posted on Apr 21, 2013 8:48:35 AM PDT
I reviewed this movie . . . with 1 star. This guys 5 star review is good.
Posted on Dec 2, 2013 9:06:06 PM PST
The movie was so far fetched on many technical details that it should be in the sci-fi category.
‹ Previous 1 Next ›