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½ August 20, 2017
A good gritty look at modern warfare that imparts a few important messages. It doesn't however do a good job of filling its runtime and ends up dragging on a bit too long with some confusing story arcs and cliche scenes.
½ August 17, 2017
Overall The Hurt Locker is a very powerful film with characters portraying differing opinions of war-life with beautifully shot scenes and intense bomb scenarios.
August 11, 2017
My full opinion: 8.3/10.
August 10, 2017
Favourite War Movie of All Time!
August 10, 2017
Bigelow plants you right in the middle of the situations at hand, and as a result produces a gripping, suspenseful and occasionally emotion portrayal of war.
½ August 5, 2017
A serious and brutally emotional war film centered around three characters of different temperaments. The lack of music and the clever use of silence successfully dials up the intensity in each bomb disarming mission. Despite the lack of a central story arc, emotions and character psychology are the qualities that carry the film. Suggested by the film's great writing and acting, we empathize with our three major characters and delve ourselves into their complex minds that speaking cannot elucidate.
July 31, 2017
It is such a well done movie with Bigelow showing mastery in meaningful scenes with the camera, control in creating intensity and a great performance from the lead Jeremy Renner.
½ July 11, 2017
Unbelievable the director is a woman
June 18, 2017
Was okay but why so many Oscars ???
½ June 4, 2017
excellent really intense
½ May 31, 2017
A gripping, intense, impactful, and thoughtful war movie, The Hurt Locker is worthy of all those awards that it won.
May 19, 2017
I seriously don't get where this movie is heading to. The lead is courageous but then there's nothing much to the movie after that.
May 10, 2017
This wasn't a really good best picture winner, but there are a few moments here which makes this flick salvageable.
April 26, 2017
This is a truly great film, very fascinating
April 25, 2017
This is a well made and suspenseful movie. I'm not convinced about the hype surrounding it though. Still it should definately make your viewing list
½ April 4, 2017
This isn't on the same level as Black Hawk Down is but the Hurt Locker is still another thrilling, well-acted, and fairly original movie about the Iraq War which is definitely worth a watch.

This movie follows 3 soldiers in the Iraq War. They are trained to disarm bombs and they face the threat of death every day as anyone could try to kill them as seen in the beginning of the movie.

In most war films, armies face each other directly and battle. In this movie though, the enemy hides in plain sight and the soldiers have no way of knowing who can be trying to kill them. Often when they disarm bombs, several possibly dangerous people watch them and any one of them could try to kill them as is shown in the intro. This of course creates conflict between the troops and this movie explains some of the conflict that arises between them.

The scenes where they disarm bombs are very tense because the viewer knows that the bombs could go off at any second. This is made clear from the memorable opening scene. The movie also brings in factors which helps to raise tension even more. It shows several possibly dangerous onlookers, a man driving a taxi within the bomb site, and a man holding a remote which may possibly set off the bombs. The shootout scene near the middle isn't that impressive compared to other scenes in the movie In terms of originality and suspense but it doesn't take up too much time to begin with.

The acting is pretty good. Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, and Brian Geraghty were the main actors and they carried the movie well. They don't have too much of a variety in terms of their facial expressions and emotions but they still do their best in the movie and they show that they are talented actors.

A common problem found in many war films is the lack of character development. Like many other movies of the genre, this movie also suffers from that problem. The movie doesn't give us something big which makes us care for any of the characters. This is a common problem which arises in many war films nowadays and I hope that it will be fixed sometime in the future.

Despite the lack of character development, this is still a great war film which contains some pretty memorable and original scenes which hold a lot of tension often. It is definitely worth a watch and it is one of the better war films in recent memory.
½ March 19, 2017
As a portrayal of OIF, aka the 'War in Iraq", this is complete fiction. No loose cannon soldier would be tolerated by his peers or his command, he is simply too dangerous, too unreliable, and too much of a risk to be tolerated. Anyone who knows EOD personnel (I'm not EOD) knows they are adrenaline junkies, but they are not reckless, haphazard, or foolish. Additionally, the "episodes" especially the sniper scene, are laughable. This is fantasy garbage, if you are a civilian and want and insight into life of EOD, watch Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan. If you want to get a good sense of military service, try Citizen Soldier.

As for "intensely shot", really? Which scenes are well shot - interesting angles that evokes the narrative or feeling, editing or pacing that adds to the film - sorry can't recall any, even after being forced to see this 20 times by hoo-ha friends! This sucks.

Posted March 19, 2017 CIB and Star, V devices on B Star and ARCOM, Masterblaster, long and short tabs.
March 18, 2017
Kathryn Bigelow's movie is a portrait of the Iraq War. The acting is incredible as the plot. The storyline does not have many twists but at all times the movie causes tension in the viewer. War is a drug and we see that she does not leave the scene in no time. Despite being repetitive at a certain moment the film is engaging.
½ March 13, 2017
Almost perfect Iraq movie
March 8, 2017
Great military film with deep undertones
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