Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Hurt Locker

Imdb synopsis: Forced to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in the chaos of war, an elite Army bomb squad unit must come together in a city where everyone is a potential enemy and every object could be a deadly bomb.

I guess Mr. E and I have been on a bit of a war movie binge. First Greenzone, now The Hurt Locker. We did something similar last year when all of the movies in a two week period were apocalyptic: The Postman, Book of Eli, The Road...

We are on a mission to watch all of the Academy Award Best Pictures. Call it something to cross off our bucket list. Eventually, I'd like to see all of the movies nominated, but that's for another day.

The Hurt Locker was a pretty good movie- poignant, spoke it's message through the experiences and trials of a character (unlike The Green Zone) and informative. This is one of those action movies that loves the handheld shots- jerky, quick movements of the camera that, in theory, help the viewer visualize movement and action in the scene, but can sometimes lead to motion sickness or headache. I didn't find any problems with it in this movie; I thought they had a pretty good mix of close-ups, establishing shots and hand-held. It was enough to build suspense, but not enough to make you feel like you were riding a roller coaster.

I'm getting a little apprehensive about Jeremy Renner. Granted, this movie came out a few years before he starred in everything, but as someone who's seen 4 or 5 of his latest movies, watching The Hurt Locker put me a little on edge. He seems to play a lot of the same characters: just a little bit bad boy, troubled past, fighting his inner demons. I love that he's down to get his hands dirty and do stunt-heavy roles, but are you really acting anymore? Or are you just being yourself?

Guess I'll need to see Hansel and Gretel, huh? There's no way it could possibly be bad boy, troubled past, demons, right?

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