Review: ‘The Hurt Locker’ is high rankingAugust 6th, 2009 at 12:27 am by Laff at the Movies under Entertainment
“The Hurt Locker” an intense and methodical journey through the dangerous streets of Iraq, pitting a U.S. bomb squad unit against a deadly dangerous non-stop series of bombs intended to kill American troops.
A lot of war movies try to put you in the middle of the action, but where those movies fail, this movie excels, with its gritty feel and shooting style with lots of shots off the shoulder documentary-style, the audience is in the middle of it all, peering around corners… seeing what the soldiers see… and don’t see.
My spoiler-free review:
Set in Baghdad, Iraq in 2004, this movie gives us a glimpse of the tensions of soldiers trying to keep the peace and protect each other amongst the foreign and treacherous urban landscape.
While his bomb tech unit teammates use constant caution to keep everyone safe, the new guy, Staff Sergeant James, is a reckless loner that does things his own way, but is also very good at his job. Jeremy Renner shines as SSG James, bringing the multitude of layers to a complicated character…. and doing it with even more flair and expertise than the last movie role I saw him in (as troubled officer “Gamble” in 2003′s “S.W.A.T.”). As SSG James throws caution and protocol to the wind, he is in constant conflict with his by-the-book unit. Renner genuinely deserves Oscar nomination consideration for this role.
In addition to Renner, Anthony Mackie and Brian Geraghty are solid with nice additions of minor roles for Guy Pearce, Ralph Fiennes, David Morse, and Evangeline Lilly.
Another character that is well developed is the landscapes of Iraq: from the busy chaotic streets to the barren desert with its intense heat… the geography becomes a character that also impacts the story and the other characters.
I give this movie props for its methodical nature… taking the time to let a scene play out, unlike most military action dramas where a gun fight or action scene happens then quickly cuts to the next scene, “The Hurt Locker” moves at a slower rate, letting the scene breathe and take its time… much like the work of a bomb tech… it does not detract from the movie, it makes it stronger.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
“The Hurt Locker” is a top-notch military drama with great acting work by Renner and supporting cast… I give it 8.9 out of 10… Its nice to see a military movie focus on a bomb unit, these guys don’t do all the frontline battles, capturing, or disarming the enemy that gets all the glory and rewards, but what they do is very risky and respected by the lives they save of their fellow soldiers. “The Hurt Locker” is strong enough to make My Top 10 Favorite Military Dramas.
“The Hurt Locker”
(2009) (rated: R for war violence and language)
(2 hr, 11 min)
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Guy Pearce, Ralph Fiennes, David Morse, Evangeline Lilly, Christian Camargo
Director: Kathryn Bigelow – “K-19: The Widowmaker” (2002), “Point Break” (1991)
The Plot: Forced to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in the chaos of war, an elite Army bomb squad unit must come together in a city where everyone is a potential enemy and every object could be a deadly bomb.
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“The Hurt Locker” poster courtesy Summit Entertainment-Grosvenor Park
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