ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Entertainment and Media»
  • Movies & Movie Reviews

The Hurt Locker

Updated on December 29, 2012

Hurt Locker Poster

The Hurt Locker

Death is often on minds along the violent war-stricken streets of Iraq. The notion is even more intense for the special American bomb squad units that diffuse bombs. The people, events and details surrounding these most dangerous missions are the elements that make up the powerhouse film “The Hurt Locker,” which keeps the audience members on the edge of their seats.

Is the information from a credible source? Strangers are all possible terrorists. Every time the special soldier in the protective bomb suit walks cautiously towards the site of the probable bomb, leaving his unit behind him, anything can happen. Snipers could be waiting to take this soldier out. Other IEDs, (Improvised Explosive Devices) could be hidden nearby waiting to be stepped on. BOOM! There’s an eerie silence except for the sergeant staying in communication with the bomb specialist. The film expresses how important this relationship can be and how this type of unit may let off some much needed steam after their mission.

Adding life to the characters is an amazing cast lead by Jeremy Renner as Staff Sergeant Will James, a reckless soldier that attacks his most pressured job without thinking about it. After a few jobs in this new unit, James feels the need to go deeper after the terrorists when he believes he found a boy dead that he had befriended earlier.

Although James is rather reckless at times, he's a very good soldier that will look out for another soldier in need. In one scene another member of their bomb unit, Specialist Owen Eldridge played by Brian Geraghty, is scared of dying as their company is stranded with a British company in the middle of the desert. They're being picked off one by one by nearby insurgents. The ammo won't load properly into their gun and Eldridge can't complete a simple task of cleaning off the blood on the ammo. James walks Eldridge through the process of spitting and washing the ammo and calming him down.

Anthony Mackie plays Sergeant JT Sanborn, a stern by-the-book type whom contemplates getting rid of James due to his crazy reckless personality that could get their entire unit killed.

The lead cast, the driving force, is supported by the likes of Guy Pearce, Ralph Fiennes, David Morse and Evangeline Lilly. Lilly plays Connie James, Sergeant James' wife whom mostly asks him to go find cereal while they're in the grocery store. Lilly's role may upset the hundreds of starving female actors out there whom are 'Lost' trying to get their career break.

The film is a great insight to the depth of pain these men conceal on a daily basis and how each soldier responds to the intense pressures of working in a bomb squad along Iraqi streets paved with hidden IEDs, shady characters and the ugliness of war. At some point the job becomes too much. Soldiers can blow up emotionally or physically...for real.

“The Hurt Locker” is a beautifully crafted must-see film written by Mark Boal and directed by Kathryn Bigelow. Bigelow has had some acclaim having directed “K-19: The Widowmaker,” “Strange Days,” “Point Break,” and “Blue Steel” which she also co-wrote. “The Hurt Locker” will most likely change her Hollywood status as it is definitely an Oscar-worthy film.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)