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The Hurt Locker [Blu-ray]
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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.

Although I could see its brilliance, it's not for everyone, it's realism may be too real for some people. It's certainly not a woman i would strongly recommend to my friends, unless perhaps they were into war movies. In fact, that is how I came to see it. Nevertheless, it successfully captures the tension of being in a war situation, and knowing your lie could end at any moment, while you a dangerous loose cannon in your unit. It's quite gripping in that respect.

So, if you like tense and gripping war movies, this may be the movie for you, I hope this was helpful.
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on February 20, 2015
good film
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on February 14, 2015
merci
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2013
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. It was worthy of the 6
academp awards
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon February 14, 2010
I didn't know what to expect from The Hurt Locker. The rave reviews and hype suggested it was just propaganda for the war ("Yeah, war is horrible, but..."), but I wanted to see for myself. I was actually quite surprised. Yes, it's got some propaganda elements. The horrors of the war in Iraq are understated in the film. Where's Blackwater? Where is the random murder and rape of civilians and children? Lacuna like these aside, the film is interesting. (Spoiler warning!)

The Hurt Locker follows the operations of an elite U.S. army bomb squad as they handle IEDs, car bombs, "body bombs", and investigate the scenes of exploded materials. Its fairly realistic look and narrative is probably because it was written and produced by Mark Boal, who spent time embedded with a real bomb squad in Iraq.

The script reveals only what the characters see and experience and for those who are paying attention, the absence of any real explanation for the violence throughout the film is telling. Bombs are discovered, but never their creators. Stashes are found, but never their owners. A young boy is found murdered, a bomb sewn into his abdomen. In fact, except for a sole sniper and his companions, the so-called "enemy" is never seen, only assumed to be real. This is understandable, given the fact that armed resistance is a given in any occupied territory. In fact, the only villains seen in the film are the occupiers, like the commander who suggestively orders the murder of an Iraqi man with a survivable wound, or the British (SAS?) bounty hunters dressed in Arab clothing whom the main characters encounter in the desert.

The noticeable absence of any real "terrorist network" is particularly evident in two scenes. In the first, the bomb squad is called to investigate a suicide bombing in the Green Zone. The team Sergeant is the only one to point out that it was probably a remote detonation, not an actual suicide bombing. How many remote bombings, committed by persons unknown, are written off as "suicide bombings" without any real investigation? In the second scene, some soldiers encounter a "suicide bomber" with a bomb vest. While the majority of the near-hysterical soldiers want to shoot the man on site, it's revealed that he was forced against his will, by parties unknown, to wear the vest and approach the soldiers. He was coerced, again by persons unknown.

In fact, while the film doesn't reveal it, the truth is that the vast majority, if not all, of the "suicide bombings" in Iraq are orchestrated and engineered by U.S., U.K., and Israeli intelligence to give the illusion of a real enemy, thus justifying an extended occupation and a profitable War Without End against a fabled enemy. The thought patterns concerning the war in Iraq, whether of the soldiers themselves or the American and world public, are built on the false premise that there is an enemy. We naturally "fill in the blanks", but only after the key pieces of data have been provided to complete our collective substitution of data. As a result, the absence of a real enemy isn't noticed. It's straight out of Nineteen Eighty Four. (Haven't read it? Do so, and learn a lesson from Emmanuel Goldstein.)

For those readers used to being fed on the unwholesome chaff of the mainstream media rags, these statements may come as a shock. Scoffs of disbelief and the occasional outburst of "Ridiculous!" accompanied by frantic gesticulations are to be expected. But in a society where entire professions rely on people deliberately manipulating the truth in order to "win" an argument, where policing serves politics and quotas, not care and protection of citizens, where military personnel protect "national interests" and not national safety, and where people are so used to lying that it is considered normal and perfectly acceptable, is such a reality really so hard to believe?

When we consider some facts that, taken separately, are relatively easy to believe, the situation becomes clearer. Psychopaths thrive in corporations and politics (witness Madoff and Blagojevich), and the violent ones are considered the worst of the worst criminals (most serial killers are psychopaths). And with unlimited black budgets, cannon fodder soldiers, crafty intelligence agencies with generations of experience in making murder look like an accident, political psychopaths (check out Political Ponerology: A Science on the Nature of Evil Adjusted for Political Purposes), simply by virtue of the scope of their influence, are potentially the most dangerous. While The Hurt Locker doesn't go there, the fact that it leaves the interpretation to the viewer is a relief. There's too much terrorism propaganda coming out of Hollywood these days.
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on April 6, 2010
Great movie but so different than Avatar and not even in the same category. Both should have won an Oscar, but was definitely not better than Avatar. Very good at keeping you on the edge of your seat. 8/10.
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