The Hurt Locker | 2009

Genre: Drama /War

Author : Srivathsa

Synopsis: Best of Iraq War movies

I haven’t watched any of Kathryn Bigelow’s films yet. ‘The Hurt Locker” was my first and I’m impressed. This is one of the very few films that have all the ingredients of war, emotions associated with it and life, in the recent times. “The Hurt Locker” is daunting, powerful and quite suspenseful at every moment.

“The Hurt Locker’ is about the chaos in Baghdad and particularly about the US army bomb squad. The story revolves around the Bravo Company’s bomb disposal unit; with US Army Staff Sergeant Will James, Sergeant Sanborn and Specialist Owen Eldridge. The Thirty nine days of this company’s attempts with success and failure of disposing bombs around Baghdad is “The Hurt Locker”.

Jeremy Renner as SSgt. Will James is a cool, pretty experienced Bomb diffuser, who has differences with his own team Sgt. Sanborn, for his attitude makes Sanborn bothered. Jeremy Renner, with all his abilities makes the character, wonderful to watch. The movie doesn’t over-dramatize the war, as Ridley Scott’s ‘Black hawk down’ does. We know its war, and we see the chaos in front of our eyes, how everyday of life is blemished, so wretchedly.

The cinematography by Barry Ackroyd makes the movie riveting. Kathryn Bigelow’ achievement is not just in the perfect dramatization of the war, but in the few moments of the film like, when the boy who sells DVD to the soldiers, gets ripped for the body bomb or when the bombs are tied around a family man in the center of the market and Sgt.James says after his attempts to save him, says “Sorry”.

The film is very true to its subject and characterization and achieves at every level of directional perfection. “The Hurt Locker” might have to be watched out for this year’s Academy Awards, for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Editing and Best Cinematography. But even if it doesn’t make it there, it has already made into the list of Best War movies.


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