The Hurt Locker fails

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  1. mintinfo profile image63
    mintinfoposted 14 years ago

    Although it premiered early last year I just decided to watch it due to it's Oscar nominations. I found it to be boring, plot-less armature film making that attempted to explain how the average soldier's brain "ticks". I think the appeal must be in the disenfranchisement of cultural norms between American life and worn torn countries. All Humans have emotions and coping mechanisms. This attempt at revealing those mechanisms fall short. What is your opinion

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      Poppa Bluesposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Wow! I was on the edge of my seat that whole movie! The tension was so thick my wife walked out...she couldn't take it anymore! I thought it was a great movie and it really gave you an appreciation for what it must feel like to be a soldier in Iraq tasked with finding and diffusing road side bombs! I see a lot of movies but I rarely remember them for long and this is one I'll never forget!

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      cosetteposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      i thought it was an excellent film, and highly entertaining. in fact i am going to include a clip from it in the hub i am writing about my nephew, who is going to be an EOD Technician.

      why didn't you like it? just curious.

    3. IntimatEvolution profile image68
      IntimatEvolutionposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I just saw The Wolfman, and I thought it was flat.  No spark.  It was terrible.

  2. rebekahELLE profile image85
    rebekahELLEposted 14 years ago

    I loved the film for a few reasons. first, being it is out of the norm, not a hollywood bright light movie. it touches on a segment of our military that many may not realize what is involved, how they sacrifice their lives. I watched it sitting next to a career special ops (navy seal) man. even he was choked up at different parts of the movie. I've heard both good and bad critiques, but for me personally, it hit me like a ton of bricks. I guess we all see things with different perspectives.
    I thought the directing was brilliant, even showing us a view of inside his helmet, what he saw. the emotion of the movie is raw and kept me on the edge of my seat, times I could not breathe, times I cried. this movie needs to be shown again in more theatres. Jeremy Renner and Mackie were perfect. courage under fire.
    it even inspired me to find out more about EOD and how to help.
    I highly recommend it. I give it *****!

  3. mintinfo profile image63
    mintinfoposted 14 years ago

    I guess I don't understand how cultures that don't experience hardships on a regular basis react to the realities of war. In Black Hawk Down they also romanticized bravery and it was done in a similar style yet it was way more entertaining. Ok, so it wasn't meant to be entertaining but realistic and human instead.

    The plain truth is that in developing countries peoples lives are cheap. When American soldiers are dropped into those environments it is essential to stick to training and protocol in order to survive mentally and physically.

    1. rebekahELLE profile image85
      rebekahELLEposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I don't think they were trying to romanticize bravery at all.
      a view of what some of our soldiers do day after day, some of it, not quite accurate, {won't spoil it for anyone that hasn't seen it}
      but Bieglow clearly gets her point across. for some, war is a drug. the one soldier didn't feel his life was important to anyone... I was torn up by that time, I wanted to scream, yes you are.

  4. jellydonut25 profile image61
    jellydonut25posted 14 years ago

    I'll be watching it tonight so I should let you know at least briefly whether or not I thought it was good

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    lyricsingrayposted 14 years ago

    I'll have to watch it.

  6. TravisBickle profile image60
    TravisBickleposted 14 years ago

    I can't take anyone's critique serious when they use words like "armature" (amateur) and phrases like "worn torn" (war torn). Hate to say it but you are heavily in the minority on this one.

    1. mintinfo profile image63
      mintinfoposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      He spoke in third person saying (anyone's) instead of (you're) but he was actually speaking to those who might henceforth admire him, saying "anyone who cannot spell cannot think, look at me I do not make mistakes".

      I did not invite a critique of my character plus I think it would take more insight for someone to solicit one. Thanks for pointing out the grammatical errors though. I will be more vigilant next time to avoid being "ishitted" on.

      1. TravisBickle profile image60
        TravisBickleposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        If you want to be taken seriously don't butcher your statements with awful grammar and misspellings. That's tantamount to going into your place of business, unshaven, with your pants hanging off your ass, and your shirt untucked with stains all over it. That might be a little exaggerated, but the point is, if you want to be taken seriously, don't present an opinion like an uneducated slob.

        Also, don't make vague blanket statements without supporting them by referencing particular scenes in the movie. That way people will know what you're talking about, and you can have a discussion about your reasoning. You give no specific reasons to why you think what you think.  Your argument makes you look like a troll who is just out here slamming the movie for the sake of slamming it. If you're gonna give an opinion, support it with some meat.

        Tell us why you think this was amateur, plot-less filmmaking. What scenes led you to believe that? Support your opinion instead of just posting one with no substance. It'd be like saying, Sarah Palin is a f***ing retard and not listing the innumerable instances in which she made herself look like a f***ing retard. Probably not the best example because it goes without reasoning that Sarah Palin is a f***ing retard, but, you get the point?

        1. mintinfo profile image63
          mintinfoposted 14 years agoin reply to this

          I invited opinions from people who have seen the movie. I doubt that includes you. There was no need to elaborate on details. If I wanted to elaborate I would of taken the time to write a Hub. I did not feel that this particular film did.

          Furthermore, "boring" means suspense without climax. "Plot-less" means just that. What or where was the plot? "Amateur film making" well lets see, practically all the scenes seemed staged. What does that mean? It means that there was no fluid time line of events. Only situations that needed resolving (bombs that need defusing). Again what does that mean? It means that the film maker then had to focus on the character of the characters. Some she showed as too nervous, some too reckless, others too careless. She attempted to show how different individuals(soldiers)react under pressure while using kids and helpless Iraqis for character development. Great for "tear jerking" but not in my book. I have already seen enough bad things in real life.

          Finally, I have noticed numerous times on hubpages where people bypass topics and discussions and resort to the personality bashing. Especially toward People from other countries where English is not their first language, not to mention the religious fighting that goes on. English is my first language.  I made a mistake because I had too many ideas going through my head at the time and by the time I noticed it it was too late to correct. In fact no one responded to my thread for almost a  day so I thought nothing of it. We all need to move on from the personal attacks.

          1. TravisBickle profile image60
            TravisBickleposted 14 years agoin reply to this

            Well thank you for elaborating, at least a little bit. I still couldn't disagree more with your analysis. And FYI, I've seen the movie twice. Just curious though, if you'll indulge me, what are some of your favorite movies? Hearing what you consider a great movie might make it easier for me to wrap my head around why you would consider The Hurt Locker, boring, plot-less and amateurish.

  7. BeccaHubbardWoods profile image87
    BeccaHubbardWoodsposted 14 years ago

    I bought it a few days ago and haven't had a chance to watch it yet. I can't wait to see it and will find this thread again tomorrow after I do and offer my opinion.

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    Crazdwriterposted 14 years ago

    I doubt I'll watch it...I refuse to watch anything that deals with war. it's too depressing for me and now that I'm married to the military they strike too close to the heart.

  9. Sa Toya profile image84
    Sa Toyaposted 14 years ago

    sounds like I need to give it a watch.

  10. jellydonut25 profile image61
    jellydonut25posted 14 years ago

    This movie was incredible. Well-made, well-acted (acting was phenomenal, truly made the characters rise above some poorly written dialogue), and well-directed

    I love movies that buck the traditional, Here is your main character, here is his issue, here is how it is resolved, story

    Will James is a truly deep character and just like in real life, there is no one way to define him that is really's such a refreshing change of pace from the usual crap

  11. theageofcake profile image60
    theageofcakeposted 14 years ago

    In mintinfo's defense, Hurt Locker isn't exactly plot heavy.  Now, to completely negate his point, neither are movies like The Station Agent or Lost In Translation, but that doesn't mean they don't succeed at being the kind of films they intend to be.

    Hurt Locker set out to be a war thriller, and it succeeded as such.  I think the only other movie that saw release in 2009 and matched it in terms of suspense was Inglourious Basterds.

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      cosetteposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      LOVED Inglourious Basterds. you're right Hurt Locker was not plot heavy but it was still a very compelling story.

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    A Texanposted 14 years ago

    I wasn't real impressed with the hurt locker but it was better than Paranormal activity, that was a letdown!


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