The Hurt Locker | ★★★★★★★★★

I was surprised by this great movie about the war in Iraq. Here is the Netflix writeup:
Kathryn Bigelow directs this gripping drama (winner of the Best Picture Oscar) following one of the U.S. Army's elite EOD (explosive ordnance disposal) teams operating in the ferocious war zone of Iraq. As the squad identifies and dismantles improvised explosive devices and other bombs, they must also contend with the frayed nerves and internal conflicts that arise from living in constant peril.
I found the movie to be moving and educational at the same time. I thought it was a pretty believable rendering of what it must be like to live in such a dangerous place doing such a life-threatening job. The lead character, Will James, was portrayed so well by Jeremy Renner.. he showed us the type of person needed to defuse explosive devices.. Sergeant James seemed to be such an amazing blend of courage, testosterone and wisdom. At one point he tells us that he has defused 873 explosive devices.

I enjoyed the movie and thought that it honored our troops serving overseas. It was especially meaningful to me as my son has served two year-long tours on the front lines of Iraq. I recommend it to you. On a scale of 10 I give this movie ★★★★★★★★★

1 comment:

  1. I was impressed too. I didn't think it was an anti-war movie in the classic sense. I thought it was a good depiction of the stress that these people have to face in making daily life and death decisions, while staying connected to the good side of humanity, as well as the tough transition back home. What war is good and sterile, I don't know of any.


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