The Hurt Locker Reviews
Kathryn Bigelow, the ex-wife of James Cameron won best director for her excellent look at the Iraq War, beating her ex-husband and proving that "Avatar" was nowhere near as good as everyone thought.
Bigelow directs the film beautifully, getting everything almost right, the action, the angles, the atmosphere. They all fit together and create a smooth and enjoyable ride of a film.
An enormous amount of credit must go to Mark Boal, writer of the screenplay and author of the original book based on the wartime experiences of Boal as a journalist following a group of bomb dis-armers in Iraq.
The film does just that, follow a group of bomb dis-armers as they work in Iraq. It's a simple story, but it works simply as well.
Cinematography is a must, as is the majority of the acting, the main characters played by Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie are relatively unknown, something which worked very well with a few big names to add on the credits list.
Despite some people calling it an action film, it is not. It is almost a biography of a general soldier in this role. The action is superb and it adds to the tension and atmosphere, but it's the still moments as well which make it what it is.
Not a box office hit like Avatar, "Hurt Locker" was an excellent film which proved that having millions of pounds worth of CGI and stupid special effects and 3D didn't actually make a film good.
What made a film good was when everything worked, a great story, first class cinematography, acting and direction.
**** 4 Star
This is one of the most thrilling, suspenseful, and intense films I have ever seen. Much of the movie revolves around the main character dismantling bombs and the life of him and his team. As the music dies and the sweat rolls down his face, the intensity is unlike anything I've seen before. The Hurt Locker delivers this emotion from the opening scene. Brilliant!
My absolute favorite thing about this film is the character depth and development. Each of the three main characters display a unique personality, opposite from the other two; each actor brilliantly delivers a fantastic performance to show this. As the film progresses and gets more and more intense, these personality differences come out and adds a whole other dimension to the film, which in my opinion, is the most thrilling and sensational aspect of this film.
Another special thing about this film is the cinematography. It is simply unbelievable. The scenery, setting, atmosphere, extras.....it truly allows for the story to tell itself.
With all this being said, I must admit that the first time I saw this film, I was not completely in sync with it's praise. I liked it alot, but for some reason I found myself asking, "That's it?" As it won the Oscar for Best Picture, I was confused as to why. 2009 was a weak year, in my opinion, and I knew Avatar would never win Best Picture, so I supposed this was the "best of the rest." Let's just say I now no longer feel the same way. I think that I went into this film with certain expectations, so when it was differnt, I missed the point. But after a second time, I can see the brilliance in this film! The Hurt Locker, sorry for dissing you before! I still don't know though....Avatar vs. The Hurt Locker??