The Hurt Locker - a pretty evenhanded account of what being stationed in Iraq is like


The Hurt Locker (USA, 2008)

Seen: ??? sometime in March, didn’t note down the date :-/ (cinema, special screening)
Runtime: 131′
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Cast: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Guy Pearce, Ralph Fiennes
Production House: Voltage Pictures, Grosvenor Park Media
Plot: (from imdb)

Iraq. Forced to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in the chaos of war, an elite Army bomb squad unit must come together in a city where everyone is a potential enemy and every object could be a deadly bomb.

See it here.

Rating: -0 (Ok)

Impressions In Short
A well-made war film which doesn’t accuse anybody. Mainly it just tries to portray what the reality of the situation is like for American soldiers stationed in Iraq.

More About the Film
It was interesting to see a film which had so much “guy talk” directed by a woman. The characters were portrayed very well and all of them had distinct personalities and their own ways of dealing with the stress of the situation.
Like most war films, it’s emotionally quite heavy, but it does have it’s comedic moments as well.
I didn’t really have much to say after seeing it and I have even less to say now when it’s not so fresh in my memory ;) So I’ll leave it at that.

Er, I suppose yes if you feel like it. But I don’t think it’s a must-see. Mainly, it’s interesting to see what won the Oscar.

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