Brilliant, Insightful. It’s not only about war
Before this movie or before her Academy Award nomination I wonder how many people knew Kathryn Bigelow- the director of the movie. Now remember Point Break, Near Dark, and K-19: T he Widowmaker.. The Hurt Locker is a war movie. A war movie which doesn’t preach. A war movie which is for people who don’t like war movies. The Hurt Locker puts you in the middle of the action and entertains you. It truly justifies the movie’s tag line- “You’ll know when you’re in it.
Centered around on three members of Bravo Company’s bomb disposal unit, the story follows the arrival of Staff Sergeant William James (Jeremy Renner), an bomb disposal expert who is brought in to replace a dead soldier. During their first assignment, however, by-the-books Sergeant Sanborn (Anthony Mackie) and naive Specialist Eldridge (Brian Geraghty) finds out that James is a fearless yet unpredictable, mad guy. It’s the story of these three who slowly, learn to trust each other , but a twist comes when James is shaken to the core in an assignment & he ends up throwing his fellow soldiers into a dangerous and unnecessary encounter.
Kathryn Bigelow puts everything together perfectly by mixing just the right amount of drama, action, thriller everything. Everything there in the movie is there because there is a reason for it. There is nothing in it which is not required. No tacky romances or even special-effects. Features scene after scenes of tensed bomb investigations,captured with raw, handheld camera, one can feel the heat and the pressure the soldiers are under, It is so gripping you feel like you are with the movie. Early on, Bigleow establishes with a sequence that depicts a bomb’s detonation on the macro and micro level, brilliantly showing bursts of smoke and pressure and flame intercut with gravel and dust leaping by the pressure wave. One of the best scenes in the movie.
The film begins with a quotation from Chris Hedges’ book War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning that addresses the seductive qualities of wartime: “The rush of battle is a potent and often lethal addiction, for war is a drug.” This makes for an excellent jumping-off point for a look at James’ character. James is a complex character, whose motivations are opaque. It helps that Renner’s performance is incredibly skilled. This relatively young actor delivers a natural portrayal marked by an extraordinarily mature sense. Guy Pearce, David Morse, and Ralph Fiennes appear in well-cast cameo roles.
Time to stop. I think if I tell more the fun of watching this movie will go. The Hurt Locker puts you inside the mindset of these soldiers who are just doing their job, concentrating on surviving another day. One of the best modern war movies. And don’t be surprised if Kathryn Bigelow wins the best director or The Hurt locker wins best movie Academy Award. So if you are not a war movie fan then watch this. And if you are then you will love this.