Monday, February 22, 2010

The Hurt Locker (A World of Pain)

The Hurt Locker - (3 1/2 Stars)

Disarming a bomb probably ranks among the most stressful things that someone can do. As the saying goes, it’s a dangerous job, but someone has to do it. The Hurt Locker follows an EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) team during the Iraq war as they are called in to evaluate and disarm various threats.  This team of three not only has to deal with the ever present realization that each day could be their last, but they also have to learn to work as a unit and trust each other.

The Hurt Locker is shot using a variety of cameras that give it a more personal feel than your typical big budget war movie .Combine this with lesser known actors and a non-traditional narrative structure and you have a gritty, realistic, documentary style thriller. It is this realism, along with moments of chair-wrenching suspense, that makes Hurt Locker stand out.  If you are looking for a more ‘Hollywood’ style of war movie, this is not it. However, if you are looking for a more realistic, gritty representation, the Hurt Locker delivers. (Netflix)

(130 Minutes - Rated R for War Violence and language - 2008)

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