The Hurt Locker (2009)
You’ll know when you’re in it.
Currently out of town for the moment, there was a chance to see a special advance screening of Kathryn Bigelow’s latest film, The Hurt Locker. Not being familiar with her filmography, this was a solid character piece about broken soldiers trying to survive in war torn Iraq.
This is not just another anti-Iraqi war propaganda movie. This is a movie about Bravo company, a crew dealing the de-arment of roadside bombs.
When the movie starts, Bravo company deals with the loss of their leader, Sgt. Matt Thompson (Guy Pearce) from one of the roadside bombs. A hard-headed maverick, Staff Sgt. William James (Jeremy Renner) joins Bravo company at the tail end of their year long tour.
He immediately butt heads with Sgt. JT Sanborn (Anthony Mackie). William doesn’t follow protocol and does things his way, not the Army Way.
This film follows the lives of William, JT and Specialist Owen Eldridge (Brian Geraghty) as they try to survive active combat.
The filmmaking was superb. Even though this film was shot in the desert, it was very alive, not monochromatic.
Judgment: Go see this film when it opens later this month and wider in July.
Posted on June 19, 2009, in 2009, Academy Award Winner, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Picture, Drama, Independent, War and tagged Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Christian Camargo, Christopher Sayegh, David Morse, Evangeline Lilly, Guy Pearce, Jeremy Renner, Ralph Fiennes, Suhail Aldabbach, The Hurt Locker. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.