Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Hurt Locker (2008)

Dir: Kathryn Bigelow
Summit DVD

The thing I liked about this one was that it was a character study set during a war and not necessarily a war picture. It's about a bomb disposal unit in Iraq led by Jeremy Renner's self-destructive Sgt. James. Renner plays it with a detached cool but keeps it likable enough through the first 2/3's. It's at this point that the character seems to lose his way, and so does the film. The complete disregard for life starts to get to him and his two assistants and they start to take unnecessary risks. It leads the story to places that ultimately wasn't as interesting or as tense as the rest of the movie. I was also not completely sold on the direction as Bigelow uses a verite style for most scenes but then mixes in some stylish slo-mo shots during explosions. Hand-held is getting a little old at this point and those parts looked like every other movie coming out these days.


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