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War and Pain
The Hurt Locker (DVD)
Member Name: Callee
The Hurt Locker (DVD)
Advantages: Gripping and moving
Disadvantages: Upsetting in parts
War films are not usually my thing as I can get quite emotional when watching from the comfort of my home what our soldiers are facing on a daily basis, my husband however enjoys them and had chosen this from our love film account and so when the DVD arrived and I tore the envelope open I was quite disappointed to see a war film fall out instead of a comedy - how wrong was I. They say don't judge a book by its cover and this was certainly the case with this film, I was gripped from beginning to end and couldn't move from my seat it really was that good.
Hurt locker is an American war film based on the Iraq war, the opening starts with Guy Pierce (you may remember him from Neighbours) leading a bomb disposal team on the streets of Iraq.
Sergeant first class William James played by Jeremy Renner leads the highly trained bomb disposal team and is not immediately liked by his team due to his almost reckless, some may say fearless ways in regards to bomb disposal although as a specialist who has successfully disarmed over 800 bombs he knows his stuff.
This film shows you the dangers faced by the soldiers during conflict and although a fictional storyline it is based on the true events captured by writer Mark Boal, a freelance writer who was embedded as a journalist in 2004 with a US Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team (EOD).
William James strikes a friendship with a local DVD seller called Beckham and there is a good bit of banter between the two where you see the softer side to James character, however following a call out to a local factory he finds the boy dead with a bomb inside his body, this scene reduced me to tears as I know it is a film but I found myself really connecting with the character and seeing the devastation that surrounded him whilst trying to do his job.
Whilst the team are out trying to remove bombs from the streets they are faced with the fact snipers are also watching them and so they must be on guard at all times, during one scene they come across a car with British mercenaries (Ralph Fiennes) who have two most wanted prisoners and this scene leads to a shoot out in the desert that ends with several fatalities.
I am trying not to give too much away as this is a must watch film and was nominated for 9 Academy awards, won 6 Oscars and 6 BAFTA awards.
Director - Kathryn Bigelow
Writer - Mark Boal
Starring - Jeremy Renner as sergeant first class Wiliam James, Anthony Mackie as Sergeant JT Sanbourn and Brian Geraghty as Specialist Owen Eldridge.
Release date - 28th August 2009 (uk)
Filmed on location - Amman, Jordan
Running time - 131 mins
As far as war movies go - this one is well worth watching.
Summary: Brilliant film would watch again