Critic Review - San Francisco Chronicle

We've had good and very good Iraq movies for several years now, but The Hurt Locker has a fullness of understanding that sets it apart.

July 10, 2009 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Comment (1)
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The Hurt Locker was not %u201Cvisionary%u201D or %u201Cnear flawless%u201D but rather predictable. I don%u2019t understand why the critics aren%u2019t criticizing the movie because most of the story as been told before. Instead of the Black guy dying it was obvious Colonel John Cambridge/Psychologist was going to die. The relationship between the %u201Cred neck trailer trash%u201D and the Black guy getting along because they need each other in the war environment was obvious. How could Jeremy Renner%u2019s character (Staff Sergeant William James) develop such an emotional commitment to the kid that sold DVDs that he%u2019d risk his life diffusing the explosives inside the kid so he could bring the kid%u2019s body out of the building? It was completely ludicrous when Jeremy Renner%u2019s character left the compound to go to Professor Nabil%u2019s house. It was absolutely ridiculous when the three soldiers left the compound after the compound was attacked. Did they expect to find the attackers sitting in the same position with the detonator in their hands? Why would they separate and not have any communications devices? They deserved more than what happened to them for being stupid. Every scene involving diffusing explosives didn%u2019t make sense. Why was Jeremy Renner%u2019s character using a radio near the explosives that were locked on the man? The EOD personnel never made the assumption that whoever set the explosives was still in the area and ready to denote the explosives.

Jul 19 - 06:06 AM

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