The Hurt Locker

The Hurt Locker (2008)

Titles: The Hurt Locker
Countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, India, Mexico
Languages: English, Hindi
Source: IMDb

What is it?

The 2008 American action war thriller drama movie The Hurt Locker.

What is it about?

This is how Rotten Tomatoes describes this movie:

Based on the personal wartime experiences of journalist Mark Boal (who adapted his experiences with a bomb squad into a fact-based, yet fictional story), director Kathryn Bigelow’s Iraq War-set action thriller The Hurt Locker presents the conflict in the Middle East from the perspective of those who witnessed the fighting firsthand — the soldiers.

As an elite Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal team tactfully navigates the streets of present-day Iraq, they face the constant threat of death from incoming bombs and sharp-shooting snipers.

In Baghdad, roadside bombs are a common danger.

The Army is working to make the city a safer place for Americans and Iraqis, so when it comes to dismantling IEDs (improvised explosive devices) the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) crew is always on their game.

But protecting the public isn’t easy when there’s no room for error, and every second spent dismantling a bomb is another second spent flirting with death.

Now, as three fearless bomb technicians take on the most dangerous job in Baghdad, it’s only a matter of time before one of them gets sent to “the hurt locker.”

Jeremy Renner, Guy Pearce, and Ralph Fiennes star.

~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

My Thoughts

I saw this movie once years ago, I possibly rented it from Redbox, but I can not remember.

I probably heard good reviews for it back then, so I decided to watch it, I remember it being more realistic than the average war movie.

I like how the movie showed how some soldiers struggle with trying to adjust back to civilian life, and how some soldiers can become more comfortable being in war zones than being back at home.

This movie still had some inaccuracies and the usual movie stuff, but that is to be expected for a fictional movie.

I assume that Jeremy Renner did a good job because I do not remember disliking him back then, I could be wrong, though now he seems a bit like a jerk in real life from the very little that I have seen of him in interviews; but I could be wrong.

I remember the movie feeling longer than it was, there was something about the mood of the movie that made it feel that way, and I remember the movie ending in a way that left a certain feeling with you that somehow connects with that in some way.

The end,

-John Jr

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