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Sunday, September 6, 2009

The Hurt Locker

Warfare has changed a lot and modern war films bear little resemblance to the classic war films of yore. Recently, I had the pleasure of reading the excellent Joker One by Donovan Campbell, an account of a front-line soldier in the insurgent city of Ramadi in Iraq. Now, from director Kathryn Bigelow, we have what critics are calling the first great film about the Iraqi war.

Set in 2004, the film focuses on Bravo Company, an Ordnance Explosive Disposal unit. Everyday they are called upon to clear explosive devices from the streets of the city. It's a thankless, risky task. Sergeant James (Renner) joins Bravo company following the death of one of the members and immediately rubs up his new colleagues with his loose and easy style. But one thing is clear, James is gifted when dealing with explosives and a close experience with a sniper brings the team together.

The Hurt Locker is a pressure-cooker film. It is tense and unrelenting and sharply highlights the immense psychological pressures faced by the soldiers. What is never addressed though, is why these soldiers do what they do, and why the war is being fought. But then again, maybe that's not the point of the film.

1 comment

Dallas Marketing Video said...

I like most one thing of this film which is the climax. The whole movie is also really good. "The Hurt Locker" is a film of the military's unrecognized heroes.

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