Critic Review - Chicago Sun-Times

The Hurt Locker is a spellbinding war film by Kathryn Bigelow, a master of stories about men and women who choose to be in physical danger.

July 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (16)
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Lord Emwurst

Lord Emwurst

Great review, Ebert. I was worried you might throw some spoilers my way, but you kept it pretty tight.

Especially loved the shots at Michael Bay and the new Transformers film; They are well deserved.

Jul 9 - 10:28 AM

ThierOne

Thierry Saumure

Haha! I like the fact that Rogers finds room in this review to bash Maicheal Bay. I've never seen him so hell-bent on thrashing a guy. And i couldnt agree more, so keep 'em coming!

Jul 9 - 10:30 AM

Josh H.

Josh Hillary

good review.

Jul 10 - 09:42 AM

The Cinephiliac

Toyiah Murry

Great review. I also did a review of this on my blog check it out! http://malaeducation.blogspot.com/

Aug 6 - 04:46 PM

Joe M.

Joe Marusich

Overrated! Disjointed, disconnected, weird.
C at best. What was everybody watching?
Ralph Fiennes - hardcore special forces - Really? He and the bomb squad get pinned down by insurgents 1000 meters away who are pin point accurate with AKs. Really? But the special forces and then bomb team can't hit the broad side of a barn (a concrete bunker) with a 50 caliber? Until, that is, a miraculous Rambo head shot on a moving target. Really? And the special effects there (red mist) look like the job of a third grader. Realistic. There are the weird sub plots in here that go no where and don't make sense. Bad movie making, bottom line. What were you people watching!

Jan 29 - 08:04 AM

w@velength

In Your Dreams

The movie actually addressed all of these things, which tells me you didn't even watch the film and therefore you are a troll and can safely be ignored. Good day.

Don't let the door hit you in the butt on the way out.

Feb 6 - 10:59 PM

Sean M.

Sean Murphy

Just because someone disagrees with you on the quality of this film doesn't mean you can just disregard them as a "troll."

I think The Hurt Locker is very well made, but I couldn't get into it for the exact same reasons that Joe M. pointed out. If you would like to, could you please explain the purpose of the subplot with Beckhem. While you're at it, explain how special forces and the bomb squad team can't hit a stationary target, and then are able to snipe a guy at full stride.

Mar 5 - 01:58 PM

D W.

D War

Hooray , someone with a brain

Mar 10 - 01:23 AM

w@velength

In Your Dreams

Because it's a movie. End of discussion.

Mar 31 - 03:31 PM

Enoch C.

Enoch Ching

that wasn't special forces that EOD met on the way back from bomb testing, that was blackwater/mercenaries. Hence the combat on their part being subpar. Little bit of research goes a long way, no?

Jun 1 - 11:41 PM

D W.

D War

You are so wrong , this is really amazing me how many people like this crap film , inaccurate drivel , just wrong , so wrong.

Mar 10 - 01:22 AM

w@velength

In Your Dreams

Why? Because U.S. forces weren't depicted as giant heroic metal titans who never miss and are covered by flying rose petals in the street by Iraqi children? Because every scene didn't end with Yankee Whirlybirds flying in and saving the day? Grow up. War is hell.

Mar 31 - 03:33 PM

anDy

Andreas Babs

Thank. You.
People who are getting their dicks in a not over how "innacurate" this film is about war don't get the point of the movie. It isn't to show war. It's to show war through the eyes of the team. You see how they struggle to hit something so easy through everyone else's eyes, and yet when Renner is on board and is in charge (telling Mackie where to aim and Eldridge to fix the magazine) everything seems so effortless. This wasn't a movie trying to be the most realistic war film. If every movie focused on the smallest of details instead of crafting its story, they would be overloaded and uninteresting. Of course being too nonsensical is even worse, but look at it in two different ways.
1) reading a picture book as a kid. Did you focus on absolutely every single small thing? no.
2) remember that annoying, smarmy kid in class that would shit on you every time you were general about something and not specific enough? Annoying isnt it?
People forget that movies are story telling mediums first, before anything else. I think The Hurt Locker is brilliant yes a lot of it is questionable but the story behind it is magnificent. People are allowed to not like it, but (not just for this movie either) it's bloody annoying when people pick apart the tiniest of faults. Every movie has tiny faults. If you're going to be so fucking picky, you'll enjoy nothing.

Apr 23 - 01:46 PM

FranktheRabbit

Gavin Drake

Well written, it couldn't have been said any better. :)

Feb 1 - 05:11 PM

anDy

Andreas Babs

*knot

Apr 23 - 01:46 PM

anDy

Andreas Babs

*knot

Apr 23 - 01:46 PM

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