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.

Rating: ****1/2


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Branden: I am just your average movie nut that reviews films. Gives his take on pop culture and Hollywood happenings. Dreams to have his own thriving website and make a living doing what he is passionate about.

Posted on June 19, 2009, in 2009, Academy Award Winner, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Picture, Drama, Independent, War and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. This is on my short list so I hope to see it soon…but may have to wait for a blu-ray release. I recommend a Powell & Pressburger film from 1949 called THE SMALL BACK ROOM about a crippled military engineer who must defuse a new Nazi secret bomb…and defuse his dependence on drugs and alcohol. I reviewed it on my blog; I’m sure it doesn’t have the visceral impact of THE HURT LOCKER but is a deep charater study of this tension upon the human psyche. I think you’ll enjoy it:)
    Take care, Alex

  2. Oh, Alex. I wish you could watch it on the big screen. It so gorgeous.

    I will try to get my hands on the movie you suggested.


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