8 Responses to “The Hurt Locker (2009)”

  1. Excellent review Heather. Kathryn Bigelow should start getting the respect she deserves. She might not make as many films as some of her fellow filmmakers – probably because she takes the time to pick her projects – but she has a consistent body of work and some exceptional films. The Hurt Locker is another shining example to add to her resume.

  2. says:

    Great review Heather, and I couldn’t agree with you more. I’m glad to hear you were able to come into this movie stone cold as I had one crucial moment of the film tipped off in advance (the twit on the first bomb James goes to disarm).

    This is indeed one of the very best films of the year, and one I believe to be one of the best of the whole decade! Here’s hoping it can parlay its success into a Best Picture win in a few weeks.

  3. Heather says:

    Thanks Hatter and Dan. I know I’m a little late to the discussing of it, but it just stunned me and caught me off guard. I’m really excited about the movies this year, especially since last year felt very lackluster. I’m thinking the Oscar may get a lot of things wrong, but I do think Best Picture is going to end on a happy note no matter what. I have three important options for a happy ending in there, though I’m secretly rooting for The Hurt Locker now.

  4. Castor says:

    Great review Heather. The story is extremely well told and Bigelow is able to extract every ounce of suspense and thrill from every sequences. It’s nice to see a movie about the Iraq war get some respect as all movies before that were mostly forgotten.

  5. Branden says:

    I’m glad that you had the same feelings about the movie and about Renner’s and Mackie’s performances as I did. I saw this film eight months ago and it’s still fresh on my mind. I’m glad that the little movie could possibly take down the juggernaut.

    The movie was tense throughout. That standoff in the desert. Wow. That first bomb explosion sequences. So good!

  6. Karl says:

    Great review! I agree about Renner. I too was Blown Away (pun intended) by this movie. The Shock and Awe (again intended) of the mondern world of war was amazing. Makes me want to repeal dont ask dont tell because you should ask your friends if they have seen this movie and if not then tell them to see it, felt and enduring freedom after wathcing this (ok enough puns). This was one hell of a movie, the depth and mystery surrounding Renners character really stood out. I couldnt figure out if he had a death wish? Was just indifferent to war and the consequences? What was really goin on back at home? then it all comes to a brilliant end and you figure out that Sgt James had a calling, and he was made to be part of the EOD, born to wear that suit, born to save lives, born to be an unsung hero amoungst heros. I hope the academy feels the same way, this is one of the richest movies I have seen in recent years in terms of character development and that is always the thing that weighs heaviest with me, love 3D and special effects, love anything Tarantino, but Bigelow has made the near perfect movie of 2009.

    • Heather says:

      And that was the thing you got too Karl. The other men were still heroes and sacrificed, but he was a hero among them all. I really hope Renner will win but I think Bridges is a foregone conclusion, and I’ll be more than amply happy to see Bigelow get best director or Hurt Locker win the big one. It was an incredible movie. I want everyone to just sit and watch it.

  7. i missed this movies last year. after seeing this review, cant wait to see it. thx



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