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The Hurt Locker

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

Finally, an EOD movie

1st, let me point out that my husband is EOD. We went to theater to see the movie with half of his command. They all pretty much concurred that while this movie is a bit of a far cry as to how they really operate, it's still a really entertaining movie. There is no p...
1st, let me point out that my husband is EOD. We went to theater to see the movie with half of his command. They all pretty much concurred that while this movie is a bit of a far cry as to how they really operate, it's still a really entertaining movie. There is no place for guys like "Will" in the movie, lest everyone in the vicinity get blown up. As most military guys know, you can't exactly go rogue (too many times) because the hammer of authority will come down upon you. That said, the constant threat of dying, the hot and heavy bomb suits, the robots, the tempermental personalities in conflict with one another, the strained lives back home, the silly officers who filter into a situation with the idea of taking charge yet have no idea what's going on...that is entirely true to life. They don't, however, typically take off willy-nilly chasing down bad guys in alleyways with guns blazing nor do they try to track down little friends in their 'hood. But it makes for a good story. The acting is really quite good and the directing is awesome. For anyone who likes military movies or just action movies, this one is a good bet. After all, my husband is planning on buying it as soon as it's released...

posted by SheWhoShall on October 1, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Hardly a hint of reality!

My other half is in the military, so I was anxious to watch this movie with him. Boy, were we disappointed! We were also stunned to discover this movie got nine Oscar nominations. It was absolutely not representative of the reality of how EOD missions are done (was obvi...
My other half is in the military, so I was anxious to watch this movie with him. Boy, were we disappointed! We were also stunned to discover this movie got nine Oscar nominations. It was absolutely not representative of the reality of how EOD missions are done (was obvious even to me as a civilian, let alone those who serve our country), and I didn't think it was even well made. I was disappointed and saddened to realize that some people will believe this is how our soldiers conduct themselves. But of course Hollywood loved it, which only makes sense when you see it and realize it was more Hollywood than military. This could have been a great movie, and the topic hardly needed the additional and fictional drama they added for effect. It's little wonder why people have such stereotyped thoughts about our soldiers when movies like this only only portray the negatives. According to this movie, they are mostly rogues going out on their own, or else about to break from PTSD. Yes, PTSD and other stress-induced issues are very real among those who serve. Yet only one soldier is portrayed as mostly sane, which was rather disheartening. I wish I hadn't wasted my money.

posted by redheadb5 on October 1, 2010

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Five Oscars? I Think Not!

    How did this movie get more Oscars than any other of last year? It's definitely worth a watch, it's not a bad film at all, but I will more than likely never watch it again. It got a little too boring for my taste a couple times in the movie. It's a little predictable, but not enough to ruin the experience of watching it. It does sort of open some eyes to what is happening overseas. Jeremy Renner's performance deserves an honorable mention, I think it overshadowed everyone else's.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Not your average movie

    Saw this movie today seems more like a documentary. It had a few flaws, and yes Jake's character could've been a bit better. Many people complain that's there's no set plot, but I found that to be good for this movie. If you are in Iraq, you don't know what's going to happen to you,? stuff happens. Following their experience in Iraq day to day and making it intense as hell seemed like a good movie but to me I could of went with something else. It wasn't a bad movie, it was alright. But I don't get why it would win Best Picture. It's just your average soldier movie. It was really kinda boring too on quite a few areas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good view of what it is really like for soldiers.

    I was a little disapointed since this won best picture this year. Some parts were great, but the overall message was depressing. The main character is so detached from his wife and baby. He lives for his work and is great at it. It was unclear if we are making any progress in the war. Maybe that was the point.

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