Excerpt: Since the Iraq War began, numerous films have been made regarding the subject. However, none that I have seen are truly as gripping or as powerful as The Hurt Locker. It tells the story of an EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) unit in Iraq and centers around their new leader, Sergeant James, who seems to embody four words from a quote that opens the movie: war is a drug. A drug indeed, and one that James doesn?t want to put down.
Excerpt: There are a few events in the early lead for this summer's Biggest Hollywood Shame -- Land of the Lost doomed by mismarketing, Eddie Murphy disappearing from the face of the planet, and Kathryn Bigelow's instant classic The Hurt Locker opening in the long, dense shadow of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen .
Conclusion: This film didn’t just live up to the hype it’s been getting, it surpassed it. This movie should have been off the charts with American moviegoers, not off their radar. It certainly wasn’t some cheap budget film, and if it were, the production team got a lot of bang for their buck…literally and figuratively. The cast had chemistry and talent. The story had substance and that’s actually the understatement of the week.
Summary: You are now in the kill zone. Since film became a mainstream and commercialized medium for both entertainment and social commentary, military conflicts have been staples of the Hollywood landscape, a crop of pictures popping up after -- and sometimes before -- the cessation of hostilities between belligerents. Post-World War II Hollywood saw fit to churn out dozens of War pictures that were nothing like those that would come decades later.
Excerpt: The Hurt Locker’s opening scene is remarkable. Knowing next to nothing about the characters, their motivations, or what their job entails, emotion and tension exists. A military bomb squad begins to dismantle a roadside explosive, carefully cutting wires after a robot fails to perform as anticipated. While the audience sits on edge, the soldiers laugh, smile, and joke with each other. This is normal for them.
Conclusion: Hands down, this is one of 2010's first must own Blu-ray releases. The movie is an absolute, pulse-quickening masterpiece, the disc's audio and video are staggering and the extra features, while not voluminous (it leads me to believe, should the movie get the Academy Awards appreciation that's predicted, we'll see another, fancier version down the line), are really wonderful just the same. This is one disc that deserves to be in everyone's collection.
Excerpt: Director Kathryn Bigelow’s Iraq war movie ignores almost the usual trappings of the by now well traveled modern desert warfare genre in the process accomplishes something almost none of those other movies was capable of: It’s good. Maybe it’s because she’s successfully welded all the harrowing excitement of speed to all the confusion and uncertainty of life in Iraq.
Excerpt: Over the course of the Iraq War, reports of people killed and maimed by the crude roadside bombs known as IED (Improvised Explosive Devices) became commonplace. And yet the people who save lives by defusing such bombs remained largely untrumpeted. Kathryn Bigelow’s nerve-jangling thriller The Hurt Locker seeks to redress the balance, but it wouldn’t be accurate to describe the film as merely a paean to American courage and derring-do.
Excerpt: "The Hurt Locker" is far from being just another war movie; it's a brilliantly directed human drama and intense psychological thriller. It ignores plot conventions, pompous flag waving and political commentary in favour of a gritty realism that unceremoniously hurls you onto the front line.
Excerpt: Vi kastas in mitt i händelsernas centrum. En trio desarmeringsexperter granskar en misstänkt skräphög med hjälp av en fjärrstyrd liten robot. Jodå, visst är det en bomb som ligger där. Inga problem, killarna har varit med förr och vet hur de ska hantera det hela. Nyfikna, och i vissa fall kanske fientliga ansikten, kikar fram ur de likfärgade irakiska husen på någorlunda behörigt avstånd.