The Hurt Locker, Best Film Of 2009…

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…ok,  maybe not, but it did win the Oscar. If this is the best movie of all the hundreds of movies that were produced in 2009 then I’m worried about the state of the modern day hollywood system. When the one of the members of the outfit is killed because of a faulty government gadget and the fear of one man to shoot at the trigger man I thought to myself, you have got to be kidding me. With the dangerous job of disarming bombs you would think someone would have check the device carefully to make sure there is no chance of incident. There is also a battle scene in the desert that goes on forever and serves very little purpose other to push the film to over two hours and to show the guys were in an real war against real people. The scene does show however the men working together well as a single unit. That being said the strength of the movies lies in the main plot, a group of men risking their lives everyday during the one year rotation with the bomb squad. The three main characters: Sergeant JT Sanborn (Anthony Mackie), Specialist Owen Eldridge (Brian Geraghty), and the new guy who join the group with 39 days left in their rotation, after the death of the team leader, Staff Sergeant William James (Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner). This group of men must disarm bombs in war torn Bagdad on a regular basis, and intensity of these scenes are expertly directed for full impact. James, who has disarmed more than 800 bombs is brave but careless. He is brilliant at his job yet scares his fellow soldiers by taking it seems unecessary risks. At one point one of his own men thought of killing him for fear that his dangerous ways will get them killed. All of the men count the days until they can go home…all except one…William James loves nothing better than what he does, and must decide what he wants to do with his life when the days left on the rotation is 0                 Nominated for 8 Academy Awards and winning 6: Kathryn Bigelow(best director), Mark Boal(original screenplay), Best Film of   2009, as well as three other Oscars. With its strong performances by the stars and good work done by  Guy Pearce, David Morse, and Ralph Fiennes in supporting roles, along with amazing action I give film 3 1/2 out of 4 stars. The Hurt Locker is rated R for intense violence and strong language. 131 min.


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