Monday, March 14, 2011

24/50: Hurt Locker

This film hit the Oscar's pretty hard last year with director Kathryn Bigelow taking home Best Director.

Anyway, Hurt Locker takes place in Iraq and we follow a trio of bomb diffusers, that basically have to go out whenever something seems suspicious and try and take care of it.

William James (Jeremy Renner) takes over as the diffuser in the group after the former diffuser Matt Thompson (Guy Pearce) is killed. James does things a little differently than most, and is pretty much reckless in his tactics.

The rest of the crew is JT Sanborn (Anthony Mackie) and Owen Eldridge (Brian Geraghty). The film flows through their days left during this assignment - and how they just want to make it to the end without getting killed.

James, however, goes at things completely reckless. Not really listening to his crew and sometimes taking his vest off while dismantling a bomb. Sanborn and Eldridge begin to think that he has a death wish and could be what gets them killed.

The film was well shot and pretty entertaining, not as amazing as I thought it might be, but probably deserving of the accolades that it received a couple of years ago. Renner had an amazing performance and Mackie continues to impress me of late.


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