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The Hurt Locker [Blu-ray]

Jeremy Renner , Guy Pearce , Christian Camargo    Unrated   Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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The making of honest action movies has become so rare that Kathryn Bigelow's magnificent The Hurt Locker was shown mostly in art cinemas rather than multiplexes. That's fine; the picture is a work of art. But it also delivers more kinetic excitement, more breath-bating suspense, more putting-you-right-there in the danger zone than all the brain-dead, visually incoherent wrecking derbies hogging mall screens. Partly it's a matter of subject. The movie focuses on an Explosive Ordnance Disposal team, the guys whose more or less daily job is to disarm the homemade bombs that have accounted for most U.S. casualties in Iraq. But even more, the film's extraordinary tension derives from the precision and intelligence of Bigelow's direction. She gets every sweaty detail and tactical nuance in the close-up confrontation of man and bomb, while keeping us alert to the volatile wraparound reality of an ineluctably foreign environment--hot streets and blank-walled buildings full of onlookers, some merely curious and some hostile, perhaps thumbing a cellphone that could become a trigger. This is exemplary moviemaking. You don't need CGI, just a human eye, and the imagination to realize that, say, the sight of dust and scale popped off a derelict car by an explosion half a block away delivers more shock value than a pixelated fireball.


The setting may be Iraq in 2004, but it could just as well be Thermopylae; The Hurt Locker is no "Iraq War movie." Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal--who did time as a journalist embed with an EOD unit--align themselves with neither supporters nor opponents of the U.S. involvement. There's no politics here. War is just the job the characters in the movie do. One in particular, the supremely resourceful staff sergeant played by Jeremy Renner, is addicted to the almost nonstop adrenaline rush and the opportunity to express his esoteric, life-on-the-edge genius. The hurt locker of the title is a box he keeps under his bunk, filled with bomb parts and other signatory memorabilia of "things that could have killed me." That none of it has killed him so far is no real consolation. In this movie, you never know who's going to go and when; even high-profile talent (we won't name names here) is no guarantee. But one thing can be guaranteed, and that is that almost every sequence in the movie becomes a riveting, often fiercely enigmatic set piece. This is Kathryn Bigelow's best film since 1987's Near Dark. It could also be the best film of 2009. --Richard T. Jameson

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Love among bomb techs (EOD) July 25 2010
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
This movie is repetitive and boring. The same cowboy (Jeremy Renner) rushes in where wise men never tread to dismantle bombs, dismantle people, and dismantle our time. All the characters are one-dimensional. The story does not have any redeeming social value. There is no rhyme or reason; there is just a bunch of explosions and more explosions and more explosions.

They did borrow a tad from "All Quiet on the Western Front" by sending the dissenbomer home to an environment that did not understand him.

I would give you more details about the film but that is all there is. Okay takes place in Iraq 2004.
Actual filming Locations are "Amman, Jordan", "Kuwait", and "Langley, British Columbia, Canada."

The Blu-ray has a voice over commentary. This explains why this looks like one long commercial for a film by people that were just reporters.
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1.0 out of 5 stars LITTLE MORE THAN A GLORIFIED PROPAGANDA B-MOVIE June 4 2010
By NeuroSplicer HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Usually success is a combination of talent, hard work and luck. Then again, a movie like this gets the Best Picture Oscar and one can only wonder: did the members of the Academy vote FOR this movie or against James Cameron? Sure, his arrogance did not make things easy; then again, one should not underestimate envy and spite as human motivation.

Inaccuracies and obvious mistakes run rampant; the Saving Private Ryan -pretentious camera shakes you into nausea; the plot line is abandoned in the sand again and again and (what is worse) there is absolutely nothing waiting at the end. No catharsis, no message, no moral, no closure. Nothing.

Platoon defined the Vietnam war not only with its realism and its ability to paint all the shades of moral ambiguity but also because because it had the guts to send a clear political message. In dire contrast, THE HURT LOCKER offers only a deafening silence on all these aspects.
The movie presents this war, with some of the sacrifices and atrocities it entails, as inevitable and expected. Keep enlisting, keep fighting and keep dying for the corporations and the banks - but don't you dare speak your opinion on the matter. Its message is a cowardly "don't ask - and we are not going to tell you why either".
Because self-censorship is the worse kind of censorship, this is Hollywood at its worse.

A spineless pseudo-documentary masquerading as an art movie. A cowardly film trying to capitalize on the stories of brave men thrown into unwinnable war.

A film made by errand boys, sent by grocery clerks, to make sure the bill of blood is being paid in full. Again and again.

Pass. With extreme prejudice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 6 2014
Format:Blu-ray
perfect
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 1 2014
By MichelV
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Good item
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie May 14 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Let me put it this way, I bought it instead of looking for it on the internet. It introduced me to Jeremy Renner.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tick Tock March 26 2012
By L. Power HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
Iraq is the location, war the condition, and bomb disposal the situation, when the bomb disposal unit faces its last four weeks of a tour of duty. Already rocked by the loss of one their own, when Sgt James arrives, and turns out to be a reckless excitement junkie, the conflict and tension within the unit escalates, as the life and death stakes grow ever higher. Will someone crack, will someone die?

It's simply one of the most tense and gripping movies you'll see in this or any year. I recall, feeling the heat of the desert, and the tense feeling as if I was there about to be blown up, and I recall leaving the theater thinking would win the Oscar for Best Movie and Best Director. Then in December Avatar appeared.

A curious coincidence of these two movies is that James Cameron, Avatar and Titanic director was once married to Kathryn Bigelow director of Hurt Locker.

As of Feb 2, 2010. Hurt Locker has won 50 awards already, garnering widespread appreciation, and nominated for 9 Academy Awards, including the ones I mentioned, Best Director, Best Pictture, Best Original Screenplay, and also Best Cinematography, and Best Editing. Avatar also got nominated for 9 Academy Awards, and Inglourious Basterds for 8, rounding out the leaders of the pack.

March 11, 2010. I was as surprised as anyone when Hurt Locker won for both Best Picture, and Best Director, considering the staggering achievement of Avatar. David truly killed Goliath. In so doing Kathryn Bigelow has become the first woman to win for Best Director. I am glad for Hurt Locker but somewhat shocked that it defeated Avatar for both awards. Hurt Locker also won for Best Original Screenplay.

Hurt Locker achieved only a fraction of what Avatar achieved at the box office.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Twisted Rush of War Jan. 25 2010
By Richard S. Warner TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Can war be a drug ... a highly addictive drug? Does this drug distort the mind and twist it's judgements? Can it influence dangerous, even self-destructive, behaviour? What is exceptional bravery ... and what is true madness?

This stunning, electrifying movie directed to perfection by Kathryn Bigelow presents these questions, and more, and while it's a war movie it is not a yahoo blast-fest for the heavily browed. This is a very intelligent look at the human mind in situations of extreme, almost unimaginable and ceaseless danger. Like a lot of recent cinema "The Hurt Locker" is shot in such a way that it first appears as a documentary, christening the film's launch and colouring it's mood with an atmosphere of intense credibility and tension. And it never lets up right to the last second.

A troop of American soldiers in current-day Iraq have as their assignment, the detection and disarming of bombs, bombs that are everywhere ... in ditches, in piles of garbage, strapped to terrified civilians and dead children. It is extremely hot and these men don suits that are heavy and swelteringly claustrophobic in order to save people in a country that seems to have lost all sanity and reason. It is the story of the differing souls in a group and how they all respond to such oppressively omnipresent danger. It is also the story of their leader ( Jeremy Renner ) and how for him the experience of this type of war has become a kind of addiction. Putting himself at extreme risk, and the men of his troop, with capricious irresponsibiliy, at one point they actually consider killing him in a convenient "accident".

Eventually we see each man for who he is and a very human portrait unfolds of the troop and the psychologies that form the group identity.
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Most recent customer reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An ulnwanted war
The Hurt Locker takes you right into the team's battles and struggles with war and the effects it has on people's minds and bodies, a very good movie all around.
Published 16 months ago by HB
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent academy award winning movie
My son asked for this movie which he likes very much; we gave it to him as a Christmas present.
Published 19 months ago by Irene
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent movie
This is excellent movie about a war that destroys everyone
especialy the military personnel and when it is over (?) no
one will be able to say we won. Read more
Published 19 months ago by George Gannon
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, beautifully made war film
While set in Iraq, this is not a political film, it examines the psychology of men in danger, and how some
men become addicted to it. Read more
Published on July 22 2012 by K. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing war movie!
What a great movie, buy it for sure, won lots of awards, great action, awesome story. Very realistic. Love it
Published on June 3 2012 by HOCKEY_ROCKES
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful Just Awful
One of the worst movies i have ever seen. Terrible acting, awful story. Stay away from this flick. Maybe a Razzie Award Nominee, should not have been considered for an Academey... Read more
Published on Dec 26 2010 by B
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
This is one of the most boring movies I've ever seen. Nothing happens. The characters are boring and the dialogue is bad. I wanted this movie to be good. I was so disappointed.
Published on July 18 2010 by Michael
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