The Hurt Locker (2009)

Dir. Kathryn Bigelow
Starring:
7/10

I think most of you would enjoy this, so I’m recommending to almost everyone. (Mitchell could probably pass on this.) Just don’t go int thinking it’s a super great film. The metacritic score is 93–highest score of current films and to give some perspective, Star Wars has a 91 and Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring a 92. None of you will think this film is better than those films.

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The film is about a U.S. Army bomb squad in Iraq. That’s basically all you need to know. But I’ll write a little more for those interested in knowing more.

The feels like it is based on a former bomb technician’s memoirs, stringing together a series of harrowing anecdotes. There isn’t much of a story, but the situations are effectively suspenseful. This is not a movie for people who don’t like a lot of tension, but if you like that sort of think, the film will carry you a long.

The other reason the film feels like it’s based on a memoir is the realism of the life of a soldier. I’ve haven’t been a soldier, but there is a gritty, unglamorous moments. You also feel the uncertainty the soldiers face.

All in all, this is a solid summer, probably better than most of films out there now.

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