This movie deserves two words: Thank You. This movie made me appreciate what the men and woman are doing over in Iraq and Afghanistan. I would never have the guts to do what they did especially the bomb tactics guys. So thank you for protecting our country and thanks for being brave.
*Spoilers are Below*
Okay so this movie is up against the big guns such as “Up in the Air” and “Avatar”. This movie also flew under the radar for so long and it’s finally getting the recognition it deserves.
“Hurt Locker” is the tale of the Bravo Company, three men whose job is to do the impossible, detonate bombs of any kind in the Iraq war zone. SSG William James played by Jeremy Renner comes into the Bravo Company after the leader of the company dies in the first five minutes of the film from a bomb that detonates.
Kathryn Bigelow captures the intensity of this bomb detonation so grippingly scary to make us understand what these men do. The ground shakes, the gravel shoots up, everything is slowed down, the two other two men with him get thrown backward and Cambridge dies instantly. It was horrible, but it had to be shown to make the audience understand that one simple thing can ruin a whole detonation sequence.
The other two men in the film, Sgt. Sanborn played by Anthony Mackie and Spc. Owen Eldridge played by Brian Geraghty, are something different. They lose their team leader and are given William James who at first seems likes an asshole who does away with protocol and does whatever the hell he wants to. I particulary liked how Bigilelow focused on Eldridge and how he is dealing with his first leader’s death and how he could have stopped it.
I liked Bigelow’s unique POV shots that showed from the Iraqi’s perspective of how these Americans were handling the situation. At one point we view them detonating a bomb through a chain linked fence and the next we are view from over the railing of a building.
Now Jeremy Renner did a fantastic job. I know fantastic seems to my word to describe an actor’s preformance, but I can’t help it because it’s true. The audience sees SSG James for what he is, an adrenaline bomb junkie. He’s a wild man who gets a thrill out of detonating these bombs. At one point he takes off his bomb suit and Eldridge asks him if he’s crazy. James responds, If I’m gonna die, I wanna die comfortable. Yep that’s right you heard right. It’s made fact in this movie that he has detonated 383 bombs. Scary, isn’t it? He has a wife and a baby, but he forgets all about that. It’s just him and the bombs.
“You love playing with that. You love playing with all your stuffed animals. You love your Mommy, your Daddy. You love your pajamas. You love everything, don’t ya? Yea. But you know what, buddy? As you get older… some of the things you love might not seem so special anymore. Like your Jack-in-a-Box. Maybe you’ll realize it’s just a piece of tin and a stuffed animal. And then you forget the few things you really love. And by the time you get to my age, maybe it’s only one or two things. With me, I think it’s one.” – William talking to his son.
This quote says it all. When James returns home, he’s so confused standing in the cereal aisle, going grocery shopping with his wife who happens to be Evangeline Lilly, Kate from “Lost”. He doesn’t know what cereal to pick. He knows how to detonate a bomb, not what cereal to pick. The last line in the quote says what he needs. “With me, I think it’s one.” He cares for his wife and son, but not enough. Where he belongs, is on the field. The last shot of the film is so powerful, James walks back out into the field with is bomb suit and the number of days left of his mission is put on the screen. It’s 365 days, another full year of detonating bombs. That moment left the greatest impact on me I think.
Once again, I just want to say Thank you to all the men and woman who put their loves out on the line of duty whether overseas or locally.
1. Best Director: Kathyrn Bigelow
2. Best Male Actor: Jeremy Renner
3. Best Cinematography: Barry Ackroyd
4. Best Achievement in Editing: Bob Murawski and Chris Innis
5. Best Achievement in Music: Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders
6. Best Achievement in Sound: Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett
7. Best Achievement in Sound Editing: Paul N.J. Ottosson
8. Best Picture
9. Best Screenplay: Mark Boal