The Hurt Locker
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War is a drug. Nobody knows that better than Staff Sergeant James, head of elite squad of soldiers tasked with disarming bombs in the heat of combat. To do this nerve-shredding job, it's not enough to be the best: you have to thrive in a zone where the margin of error is zero, think as diabolically as a bomb-maker, and somehow survive with your body and soul intact. Powerfully realistic, action-packed, unrelenting and intense, The Hurt Locker has been hailed by critics as "an adrenaline-soaked tour de force" (A.O. Scott, The New York Times) and "one of the great war movies." (Richard Corliss, Time)
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The movie shows war as complicated, the characters as complicated rather than stock good guy in an action flick. If there is a reason not to like the movie, I think it's because the reality is it probably strikes far too close to home and might give you a heartache.
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.
After enjoying a full season of a reality-docu-drama show on TV following the "daily life" of an EOD team, I was hooked on the suspense, and more so on the portrayal of the nerves of steel EOD specialists possess.
This movie was non-stop EOD action.
A real nail-biter.
But it also exposed the humanity these men possess.
It would be so easy to just fire a 9mm point-blank at a seemingly suicidal-crazed cabbie.
It would be even easier to let a "family man" strapped with an explosives-vest blow-up... to not even TRY to free this man.
But in both these cases, and in others, control prevailed, cocmpassion reigned.
There's a lot packed into these 2:10.
But the viewer is left with even more when the film is over.
Although a USAF Veteran, myself, I can't begin to imagine what it is like for these brave men to live and breathe EOD everyday--- to leave the safety of their quarters with full knowledge that each day may -- and probably will --- be their last.
Excellent fillm. Highly recommended.
-CC, Amazon Prime Member-Reviewer