Excerpt: When I first viewed this movie I didn't really get the hype of it all. I also felt it was overrated and nothing that hadn't been seen before. However watching it a second time I've slightly changed my view. Obviously in real life military bomb removers have the most dangerous job in the entire armed forces. This is an intense look at that particular position. Jeremy Renner in his breakout role makes this flick work on all channels. Gritty and dangerous.
Excerpt: I just bought The Hurt Locker without seeing it beforehand. I was unsure what to expect, but the movie was absolutely amazing. The story is very intense, and the acting is wonderful. This is definitely my favorite war film. The Blu-ray has very nice video quality. There is grain present, but the film is always sharp with vivid colors. The sound quality is absolutely amazing. The bombs and gunfire explode through the speakers. I highly recommend this release to anyone.
Summary: The best film of 2009 is a harrowing observation on the bravery and resolve of a bomb squad stationed in Iraq. Director Kathryn Bigelow creates moments of true tension without the use of big Hollywood spectacle - a sniper scene is incredibly intense and other sequences of failed bomb disarmings have an air of poignancy. Jeremy Renner gives a breakout performance, but the all-star cast blends chameleon-like into their characters.
Excerpt: ~Contains Spoilers~ "The Hurt Locker" is an exposition of the mindless addiction that war can turn into and of the horrors practiced in it. From the very intense opening, Kathryn Bigelow grabs the audience and does not let them go as she meticulously examines the complex realities of war, and the effects that war can have on the psyche of a soldier.
Excerpt: A US army bomb disposal tec makes waves in his new unit because of his Gung Ho attitude. The Hurt Locker is an interesting war film, mainly because its indie sensibilities make it a very unusual treatment of this subject for a product of the US movie making industry. It's quite a reserved, unsentimental film about the impact of a "war" that has no visible enemy; not quite in the same way as Jarhead in which the soldiers just could not find an army to face, but because...
Excerpt: ‘The Hurt Locker’ is a soldier’s eye view of the current war in Iraq and follows a team of U.S. Military bomb technicians in an Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit as they serve out their final 40 days in that country. Director, Kathyrn Bigelow (‘K-19: Widow Maker’, ‘Point Break’, ‘Blue Steel’, and ‘Near Dark’) chose to film this in a cinéma vérité style; giving her work the look & feel of a documentary.
Excerpt: A film that stars Jeremy Renner as Sergeant First Class William James, Anthony Mackie as Sergeant J.T. Sanborn and Brian Geraghty as Specialist Owen Eldridge. Eldridge is the person responsible for bombsuits, James is the fearless veteran who disarms the bombs and Sanborn ensures proper protocols and cautious measures when performing a mission. They encounter several missions that would test the team’s cohesiveness and character.