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October 20, 2016
The best film of 2009.
October 20, 2016
On very rare occasions, you get a war movie that lets you enter the atmosphere of a war zone that gets your heart racing and lets you engage yourself. Kathryn Bigelow gives her crowning jewel of a movie, showing the power and turmoil of the Iraqi war. No special effects, no replicated set pieces, nothing fake about it. The action was real, the explosions were authentic, the acting was incredible, the suspense was amazing, everything about the movie was incredible. This is clearly the best movie Kathryn Bigelow has to offer.
September 11, 2016
This movie is my watermark for anything else I watch, characters are superbly developed, the acting is has some violence/gory bits...but it is not over the top, they are relevant to the situation. I have spent months/years looking for something that comes close, there are a couple, but they are few and far between.
September 1, 2016
I enjoyed the tension, the use of slow motion, and the subtle criticism of both war and machismo.
August 30, 2016
One of the best war movies ever. Starting a flawed yet heroic protagonist.
August 7, 2016
This movie will blow you away. Quite literally.
July 29, 2016
A fantastic yet different take on a modern day war movie, Instead of fast paced action we get amazing suspense nearly the whole way through the film, Some amazing acting and a breakthrough performance by Jeremy Renner, It has small bits of action but it's not what you will remember about this film, The director takes us on an emotional rollercoaster with the lives of our heroes overseas and really makes us bond with the cast, It's almost the perfect modern day war film and can see why it won film of the year at the Oscars.
July 19, 2016
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.
July 17, 2016
A grim but necessary look at the war.
July 15, 2016
Lengthy and sometimes repetative, but an honest view of life in the "troop".
½ July 5, 2016
Damn this is a good film
July 5, 2016
A very specific selection from the quote that opens the film, taken from Chris Hedge's "War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning", sums up the next 133 minutes of Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker in just four words: "war is a drug." It's a sentiment that mirrors the mindset of Jeremy Renner's Staff Sergeant William James, who is fearlessly calm in coordinating his EOD squad. Too calm, perhaps, to the point where his actions continuously risk his own life, and the lives of his fellow squad members, including Anthony Mackie's by-the-book Staff Sergeant JT Sanborn and Brian Geraghty's emotionally naive Owen Eldridge. It's a war film, but at its core, Mark Boal's screenplay is a character study of how war affects everyone: as their tour of duty winds down, these three soldiers and their worldviews are changed quite drastically as tensions continuously rise. The film lacks a single, overarching plot, which occasionally hurts the film's pacing, but allows for plenty of character moments between Renner, Mackie, and Geraghty, all of whom give strong performances.

Kathryn Bigelow directs the film with a sense of raw and gritty viscerality, especially when the story necessitates intense action sequences. Bigelow understands how the war works: there's no huge shootouts with running-and-gunning and constant explosions from entire militaries here. Between the handheld camerawork and the general lack of a noticeable musical score, the EOD bomb disposal scenes are filmed in a way that feels like a guitar string is being wound too tight, and could snap at any minute. They're slow paced, but deliberately, and effectively so. It's as if we're stuck down in the sandy streets of Baghdad with these soldiers, and there's no telling who's going to come out of each mission in one piece.

This Best Picture and Best Director winning film (Bigelow is the first, and currently the only, female to win both of these awards) is simultaneously a phenomenal war film, with perhaps the strongest onscreen portrayal of the Iraq War to date, and a fascinating character study of the effects of said war. The Hurt Locker is a must-see.
July 5, 2016
Yawn. Don't know why I bother watching war films. Jeremy Renner does make a convincing arsehole though.
½ June 29, 2016
A sort of wannabe thriller that gets by off of everyone's fear of things that go boom. Still alright though.
June 23, 2016
Outstanding job by Jeremy Renner, one of the very best...
½ June 15, 2016
What I remember of it was being enthralled. 8-9/10?
½ June 13, 2016
Dull and overrated war story about a journalist's time in Iraq with a bomb squad. Oscars only mistake in the history of the awards. Gran Torino was a better film than this messy pic.
June 5, 2016
One of the many great war movies to always be remembered.
May 26, 2016
The defining film of the Iraq war.
May 21, 2016
A direção de Kathryn Bigelow é simplesmente impecável. E ainda tira o máximo de seu elenco nesse protesto contra a guerra.
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