Wednesday, January 13, 2010

January 12, 2010

The Hurt Locker (2009)
For a movie that's being heralded as one of the best films of the year, there is not a lot going on here. The plot is made up of a bunch of tense ten-minute scenes of bomb deactivation with no overarcing story that ties them together. It's like all of the individual firefights in Black Hawk Down without the overall story of the helicopter crash. There are a lot of big name actors in this, but don't get too attached to anyone, because people die left and right. The main character is an adrenaline junkie, who loses any respect that the audience may have had for him with his actions at the very end. I will say that when the movie is supposed to be tense, it's very tense. There's also a really cool shot of someone's eye through the sight on a sniper rifle.
My Netflix rating: 3 stars

1 comment:

  1. No overall story?? It's the story of one particular soldier and how he his twisted addiction to the adrenaline rush of near-death situations makes him both an amazing soldier and a lousy human being. As it says in the opening credits "War is a Drug".

    It's not about a mission - it's about a man.