The Hurt Locker is an action packed film that centers on the new group leader, Staff Sargent William James, of a small counterforce unit specifically geared to dismantling IEDs. After the death of the previous group leader, James proves to be daring and almost reckless in his determination to successfully complete his task. From the very first moment of the film, director Kathryn Bigelow grabs the audience and drags them through the non-stop adrenaline rush of war. In addition to demonstrating the brutality of war, Bigelow somewhat successfully shows the way in which war wears on people: Specialist Owen Eldridge suffers to overcome the death of friends while James seems to thrive on an addiction of war.
Perhaps the most interesting characteristic of The Hurt Locker is the complete lack of political or moral lesson. By excluding any judgement on the Second Gulf War, Bigelow allows the audience to simply experience the violence and danger of war. Some may consider the lack of political undertones as a fault, but the film does not claim to be a political messenger, simply a mirror through which we can see a piece of war through the eyes of three young soldiers. Indeed, The Hurt Locker takes place in Iraq after the US invasion, but the film could easily represent the brutality of any other conflict
[tweetmeme] The Hurt Locker is a very successful movie. It portrays war in all of its viciousness. It demonstrates how war can both promote self-sacrifice and intense fraternity, but also how it can slowly and painfully bear down on the soul to sew distrust and hatred. From the first moment of the film, the audience is forced to watch the violence of war without the ability to look away.
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