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anemone
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The Hurt Locker--2008 War Movie
Posted on: 7/9/2017 10:03:22 AM
"The Hurt Locker" is one of the most incredible films of the decade. It looks fearlessly into the heart of the conflict in Iraq. Exposing the harsh reality of war, the film is able to give the viewer sympathy towards both the soldiers and the civilians of Iraq while they continue in their struggles, exposing their true humanity.

The characters and film-making is so realistic, you could have sworn that you were there. This movie has given me a newfound respect for Kathryn Bigelow as a director. The scene of Beckham as a body bomb is one of the most powerful scenes I've witnessed in a film. James's emotions during that scene aren't over-acted, but entirely natural.

This is one of the best films I've seen of the Iraq War yet. I recommend it whole-heartedly. The dialogue and imagery cuts deep emotionally. The acting is excellent. It should be considered iconic of this generation and is a must see for militarists.


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Re: The Hurt Locker--2008 War Movie
Posted on: 7/9/2017 9:11:04 PM
Fully agree, Jim, though I wonder if it's too intense for anyone other than militarists.

I remember my second time seeing it, I paused to take stock of the audience. There were only about twenty people, mostly older, and they all seemed completely stunned and horrified by it; that "stuck in a nightmare you can't wake up from" feeling.

And usually when a movie wins Oscars, everybody runs to the nearest theater to see what all the fuss was about, but there was no traditional box office "bounce" here for THE HURT LOCKER. It was low budget, no stars, and never made much money. Critics loved it, awards rained upon it, but I think it holds the record for the least-highest grossing Best Picture.



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wazza
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Re: The Hurt Locker--2008 War Movie
Posted on: 7/10/2017 3:50:50 AM
I didn't like it. They were a team of idiots, that were cowboys, and deserved to get shot.
Actually i hate this movie.
It was a holly-weird war movie set in Iraq. Nothing more, and certainly not a realistic depiction of bomb disposal.

anemone
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Re: The Hurt Locker--2008 War Movie
Posted on: 7/10/2017 4:14:04 AM
Agreed the main character was quite unbelievable-as you say wazza-Hollyweird.I have to say- never having served in the armed forces-daft as it sounds- I found the movie exciting.

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Re: The Hurt Locker--2008 War Movie
Posted on: 7/10/2017 4:30:39 PM
Yes, it also earned a fair amount of blowback from military circles, starting with the actual bomb disposal team the journalist who wrote the script hung around with. The soldier who inspired the lead character actually sued the filmmakers, I think for Defamation, but not sure how it was resolved. And while I have no special knowledge of the men, tools, or tactics of that MOS, I found the movie convincing. It definitely strikes the same chord as THE SMALL BACK ROOM (1949), the only other movie I've seen about a tormented Army bomb disposal tech.

As far as "Holly-weird" goes, you can't get more pretentious, bombastic, and proudly perverse than APOCALYPSE NOW, but when I was in the service, that was the movie most of my colleagues cited as their favorite, and "most accurate."
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Jim Cameron
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Re: The Hurt Locker--2008 War Movie
Posted on: 7/10/2017 7:25:08 PM
One of the best on bomb disposal was "Danger UXB", a British miniseries from 1979.
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Re: The Hurt Locker--2008 War Movie
Posted on: 7/11/2017 1:05:41 AM
Wow. I remember ads for Danger UXB on our local PBS station, which, regrettably, I only turned in for Monty Python, Doctor Who, and Siskel & Ebert at the time. I'd love to check out that series now.
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wazza
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Re: The Hurt Locker--2008 War Movie
Posted on: 7/11/2017 4:11:28 AM
Danger UXB was pretty good, for a low budget series. "Tic tic tic tic tic"

ArmyMan
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Re: The Hurt Locker--2008 War Movie
Posted on: 7/12/2017 7:52:57 AM
yes that's true, that was a really good movie, but I just saw Band of Brothers and I have to say that was even better movie then this. True story and before the beginning of every episode there was a short explenation of the situation from the people who where there during this horrible war.

wazza
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Re: The Hurt Locker--2008 War Movie
Posted on: 7/15/2017 5:11:08 PM
BOB certainly sets a high benchmark for war story telling.
Now that we have also had The Pacific, bring on one about the Fly-boys I guess.

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