The Hurt Locker: Movie Review

"The Hurt Locker" has made a lot of noise in the movie world when it first came out and people started labeling it as one of the greatest war films ever made. This was enough to get us hyped up as we wanted to pinpoint exactly what makes it different from the tons of war movies we have seen before. Is it good because of its effects and action sequences? Was it labeled as excellent and powerful because of its ability to document the drama of soldiers at war? Read on to see what we think about the movie after the jump.

Staff Sergeant William James (Jeremy Renner) has been given the task of taking over Bravo Company’s three man bomb disposal squad in Iraq. The team has only 39 days left and his teammates have no other concern but to stay alive until their last day. However, James proves to be more difficult to work with as he seemingly enjoys the thrill of bomb disposal and has an unconventional approach in dealing with a dangerous situation. He is excellent but most of the time, he shows bravery that may be labeled as wild and suicidal. Can Bravo Company survive their final days in Iraq?

We now get what all the fuss was about this film. We couldn’t see any reason why you wouldn’t like "The Hurt Locker". It depicts modern war in Iraq so vividly, taking us into the depths of emotions of volunteer troops. We genuinely felt tension and fear as we see scenes wherein the team diffuses one bomb after the other, knowing that one can go off any second. A great scene to watch out for is the part wherein the team faced Iraqis head-on in the desert, waiting for hours just to see who would last longer. Over-all, the movie was able to showcase the real drama behind modern war that no amount of gun fighting, loud explosions, or even words could. So take that Michael Bay! This may be the secret behind the beautiful film as it does not need any of the racket or gore to make it effective. This movie, arguably labeled as one of the greatest American war films will be a movie you won’t soon forget.

Rating: 5 reels

Why you should watch it:
- nerve wracking, edge of your seat tension and drama
- best war movie this decade

Why you shouldn’t watch it:
- some might still feel that the film is a bit too slow

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