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    October 18, 2009

    MOVIE REVIEW: THE HURT LOCKER

    ENGLISH - (N/A) - N/A - War/Action/Drama
    Distributor: Summit Entertainment
    Running Time: 131 minutes
    Director: Kathryn Bigelow
    Producers: Tony Mark (Executive); Nicolas Chartier, Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Greg Shapiro, Donnall McCusker
    Writer: Mark Boal
    Starring: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty
    Plot: The story was written by Mark Boal, a freelance writer who was embedded with a bomb squad. It stars Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, and Brian Geraghty as members of a U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit in Iraq and follows their tour together as they contend with defusing bombs, the threat of insurgency, and the tension that develops between them.

    THE VERDICT

    Green Tea Bern Says:

    When you watch about a movie that revolves around the war in Iraq, there is a sterotyping-theory to assess the movie as a propaganda. Fortunately, The Hurt Locker behaves in a more realistic approach, by giving audience a rare chance to experience the war chaostic and havoc in recent times. It generally works!!


    The Hurt Locker plots about the three-men team of US Army Explosive Ordance Disposal (EOD) unit, responsible for defusing bombs in the street of Iraq. Sergeant First Class William James (Jeremy Renner) becomes the Bravo Company leader, replacing Staff sergeant Thompson who killed by a remote-detonated EOD. On their first mission, James insistence on approaching a suspected bomb without sending a bomb disposal robot making the team to consider him reckless. Here comes the personal conflicts among them and the story leads to an emotional pace after that.


    The plot is based on Mark Boal's account of real event when he was a freelance journalist who was embedded with an american bomb squad in Iraq. His personal account turned into a major film and unsurprisingly, an excellent translation I deduct. In simpler words, The Hurt Locker is a great film and has its abnormal intensity that raves up the realism and sarcasticism at the same point.


    The whole episodes of bomb difusing missions are greatly emphasized for the reality behind them. The intensity is remained high throughout the film, giving a creeping emotion and slowly-built suspense at the same time. The Hurt Locker gives the audience a very deep action-styles while maintaining the goal for deriving the clear facts about what, where, how and why.


    Cast-wise, I think the lead actor, Jeremy Renner who play William James as cool but very solid. It is not his dialogues that played it all out, but it works through his ability to grasp a perfect visualization of intensity as a US Army in Iraq. We all know soldiers are very stressful job and he translated it well. Anthony Mackie as Sergeant JT Sanborn is equally stunning, providing the serious note on the movie. Brian Geraghty who played Specialist Owen Eldrige is good too, performing as a rookie well.


    The cinematographic is breathtaking, stunning and exhirilating. The blood, sweat and explosion are visualize well; while the effects portrays more realism into picture. In short, The Hurt Locker is simply amazing, a great film, well-acted and supremely intense. Perhaps, a contender for best movie of the year?

    THE RATING
    Story - 5.0 stars
    Casts - 4.5 stars
    Cinematography - 4.5 tsras
    Effects - 4.5 stars
    Overall - 4.5 stars
    GREEN-TEA-O-METER: 18.8
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