The Hurt Locker
March 11, 2010
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Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Writers: Mark Boal
Producers: Kathryn Bigelow/Mark Boal/Nicholas Chartier/Greg Shapiro
Starring: Jeremy Renner/Anthony Mackie/Brian Geraghty/Ralph Fiennes/Evangeline Lilly
BBFC Certification: 15
Duration: 103 minutes
After winning six Oscars and six BAFTAs, both including Best Picture and Best Director to Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker has gotten quite a bit of attention. I was preparing myself for something spectacular but in the end, I was shockingly quite disappointed. Forced to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in the chaos of war, an elite Army bomb squad unit must come together in an Iraqi city where everyone is a potential enemy and every object could be a deadly bomb. The movie itself was a good movie but it’s nowhere near great. Yeah, the scenes were good to watch and they had the whole tense ‘bomb-disarming’ scenes throughout most of the movie and a fantastic sniper battle but there was very little character development. However, the acting was great and very believable.
Great cinematography and camerawork make the movie realistic but sometimes the camera was shaking too much to try and bring that realistic effect to screen. The direction is good in some scenes but the screenplay and dialogue was below average. The biggest flaw of The Hurt Locker is how there was hardly any plot or story, it was just a bunch of scenes thrown in. It’s basically ‘move over here, disarm a bomb, move over there, disarm a bomb’ and doesn’t change much throughout the movie (except for that great sniper battle which is probably the only memorable scene).
The Hurt Locker is good but I can’t see why it won so many awards, especially for Best Picture. Don’t get me wrong, I liked it but it didn’t deserve all the accolades it received. I will be the first to admit that I did have expectations for this movie considering the amount of awards it picked up at the BAFTAs and Oscars but at the end, I felt a little disappointed. I was expecting something to blow my mind like the way Avatar or Precious: Based on the novel PUSH by Sapphire did with its directing, storytelling and its acting but there isn’t really a story to be told. The Hurt Locker is a seriously overhyped movie, it didn’t deserve Best Picture as it wasn’t that great. The award should have gone to Precious: Based on the novel PUSH by Sapphire or Avatar.