Friday, July 24, 2009

Box Office Review - The Hurt Locker

I was trying to come up with a beginning to this review that would comment on why people are heroic. I was unable to, so I am just going to start by saying this movie is fantastic. Kathryn Bigelow has created a masterpiece with this Iraq war film. It follows a group of three soldiers that have the job of investigating and disarming bombs. Big bombs, little bombs, car bombs, suicide bombs they do it all and it is incredible to watch. The three soldiers that we spend our time with are played by Jeremy Renner (28 Weeks Later, Assassination of Jesse James) who gets to defuse the bombs, Anthony Mackie (Million Dollar Baby, Half Nelson, Notorious) sergeant of the group, and Brian Geraghty (When a Stranger Calls, We Are Marshalls) the specialist. I would find it hard to believe that someone could watch this film and not care about these characters. They are expertly written and superbly acted. These are real action heroes and the stuff that they do is great to watch. The amount of tension that is built while the bombs are being disarmed had my heart rate up. Renner’s character gets such a rush off what he does that I couldn’t help but feel the same way. He is one of my favourite characters in any movie this year, and it is the best performance by an actor.

My only criticism of the film is that it feels its length. This is not even really a criticism as the film had me captivated for the entire two hours and ten minutes. It is just that at one point I thought that the film had been going for a while. Kathryn Bigelow did a fantastic job directing as did Barry Ackrod (United 93) with the cinematography. This film has deserved all the praise that it has been given. I am looking forward to watching this many more times.

A Golden Banana

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