I have been lucky enough to watch 2 good movies this weekend, first it was DATE NIGHT and now THE HURT LOCKER 🙂 Both movies come from totally different genres and are good entertainers!
The Hurt Locker is set in Iraq and tells the story of an elite bomb disposal squad. All changes when a new sergeant, James (Jeremy Renner), takes over a highly trained bomb disposal team amidst violent conflict. He surprises his two subordinates, Sanborn (Anthony Mackie), and Eldridge (Brian Geraghty), by recklessly plunging them into a deadly game of urban combat. James behaves as if he’s indifferent to death. During the course of all their missions, you always want them to make it out of their rotation alive, be able to go home to their families and live a happy life. Such is the kind of torchure they face in a war situation.
The performances by each charcaster are praise worthy. Jeremy Renner’s portrayal of James is well deserving of the Oscar nomination that he earned for the role. Even though James is reckless and seems like an over aggressive guy at times, you cannot help but care for him. He takes bold and life-threatening risks but with each one and you wait and hope that he comes out alive. Anthony Mackie makes his character as real as it can be and so does Brian Geraghty.
Both the director Kathryn Bigelow, the first woman director to win an OSCAR truly deserves all the accolades that she is getting and so does the screenwriter Mark Boal who wrote the screenplay after being with a bomb squad in Baghdad. It is not easy to pull off a war film but with The Hurt Locker, Bigelow does a great job. The only thing that I would like to change in the movie is the duration. Two hours sometimes seem a bit long in the same warzone!
Final Word – It’s different and most importantly….OSCAR WINNER so do check it out.
Warning – The movie is as real as it gets and so, it’s NOT for the sensitive hearted, so please STAY AWAY!
My Rating – 4/5