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War is a drug
The Hurt Locker (DVD)
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The Hurt Locker (DVD)
Advantages: Great special effects, a strong story line, realistic as films go
One of the first scenes sees a bomb disposal expert lay charges on a large bomb found in the street the specialist equipment fails to work when one of the wheels of the cart fall off, and the member has to put on the bomb suit and head out towards the bomb to hand lay the charge to detonate the bomb as safe as possible, however when the rear party who is keeping watch over their comrade spot a local in a butchers shop with a mobile in his hand, they race over with seconds to spare before he ignites the bomb. Unfortunately they didn't make it in time and their friend as well as comrade is blown into the air alongside shrapnel, grit, gravel and waste which had previously littered the ground. Blood fills the mask of the suit as the man slumps to the ground, Taliban 1- American soldiers 0, will the film continue is this way or will the Americans beat the bomb in other nerve wracking situations.
The loss of their comrade and then another soldier coming in to take his place can have damaging effects on the moral of the rest of the team, with resentment flying towards the new addition for taking over their friend's role, will the professionalism stay or will it be blown like the numerous bombs they disarm daily.
The effects on this film are astonishing the way in which the film is slowed down in crucial parts to show the true extent of the explosion, gravel simply rises from the ground, rust is blown of nearby scrap vehicles and the floor simply flies upwards. The use of slowing down such a naturally fast occurrence allows for the senses to really capture the catastrophe as it unfolds. Would you be able to handle that environment as fast pace in reality, I know I sure couldn't. From scenes of mayhem and chaos emptying the streets in order to disengage the enemy and stop the bomb from causing devastating effects on the area, to moments of uncanny serenity when not a pin can be heard as the soldier picks apart the bomb, his life could be taken at any second. The film definitely allows the senses to flow and creates feelings of tension, sadness, adrenaline and in some parts joy. The colours used are accentuated to create drama and tension, the strong vibrant reds and oranges given off by the explosions in contrast to the blackened cars and the greys of buildings and dust which lines everything in the street.
Sergeant James who can proudly boast of his ability to disarm bombs with his current amount standing at 873 bombs, he shows complete disregard for anything that could threaten his life, it makes you question his sanity or whether he is brave in his methods of madness.
Not only does it cover the deep dark areas of war and how it can be damaging to lives and the environment, it also manages to portray the true friendships that are formed as a result whether that be a strengthening of the unit or the soldiers making friends with local children or alliances with local farmers. However, it also shows the price of which these friendships can cause.
The film is action packed from the opening scene, I am a big fan of military films and have seen most that have been produced I have to say that for a modern film this has to be one of my favourites, I think a lot of the new films are unrealistic and over dramatised but I don't feel this is the case with The Hurt Locker, it contains emotions, yes, but these feel more raw and realistic than put on by the actors in the film. It is believable.
Being part of a military family since birth but not really being brought up to know the ins and outs until I married my husband who I went to school with and has since joined, films like this do bring out emotions in me that perhaps other films would not, because even though we are British and my husband does not do the specific job roles that are witnessed in the film, it still brings home the risks in which my husband is facing whilst on tour. I think the film is highly effective in portraying the majority of aspects included in war rather than just the violence which is seen by the public when it is on the news every week. The film shows that the soldiers are individuals who do have feelings just like an ordinary person, which is not always the case with the news media's portrayal.
I overall, say this is a film for any fan of military/war films however it is perhaps not for people who have serving loved ones who are currently on tour for obvious reasons. The Hurt Locker one epic rollercoaster, of bombs, friendships and losses.
Summary: A modern war film that excels