Friday, July 10, 2009
The Hurt Locker
Truly an amazing film, and probably the best that I've seen about the Iraq war. It doesn't have a message or an agenda. It's just about a few guys and their experiences. The main character is played by Jeremy Renner, and he's an expert as dismantling bombs. In fact, he's so good at it that it's made him a bit reckless and danger-seeking. That works well for him through most of the film, but his thirst to Do Something ends up costing his team. This is a very well put together movie, and I'm surprised and elated to know that it was directed by Kathryn Bigelow, who also directed such other wait-a-WOMAN-directed-this?! movies as Point Break and the vampire western Near Dark.
A really incredible movie, and one that I think will survive the onslaught of award-bait fall pictures to be on a lot of top ten lists this year.