“The Hurt Locker” Overflowing Pain

Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, Thriller and War
Running Time: 2 hrs. 10 min.
Release Date: June 26th, 2009 (limited); July 24th (wide)
MPAA Rating: R for war violence and language.
Distributors: Summit Entertainment, LLC


Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow

JJ Rating: B+

Sergeant JT Sanborn (Anthony Mackie) and Specialist Owen Eldridge (Brian Geraghty) get a new bomb specialist Staff Sergeant William James (Jeremy Renner). This is a story of them working together. The Hurt Locker.

I don’t understand why a bomb diffuser would wear all that cumbersome gear. If a black box is made of something that is indestructible, then why isn’t a bomb diffuser’s gear use that black box metal inside what they wear? That way it could stop any damage. I think that that would be better. The gear could be lessened and allow easier movement, because they need to have easy movement to deal with the wires and such. I don’t know much about this to begin with, so I could be way off the mark.

There are things that movies can teach about wars of the time. I think this one does a good job sharing different things that will allow people to try and understand and empathize with those who have been in these wars. It will never allow someone to understand in totality. I will never get how it feels to be in a war. I don’t ever want to understand how it feels to be in a war. It seems that those who are in war lose touch with their human side and only connect with those that have lived what they have lived through. It’s a difficult thing to understand for some, but I think soldiers think that the only ones that can get them (and maybe they are totally right) are those that lived the same situations.

I like how Mackie, Geraghty and Renner acted together. It felt real. It felt like I was watching real soldiers working together in high stress situations. I don’t know if it is like it. I just know that their acting was very convincing to me. I’m glad that I went and saw The Hurt Locker because it allows me a view of what it could be like. It gives me a different perception of what goes on. It shared with me something painful that I had not thought about before. I had never thought about people selling things like DVDs or other entertainment things near the bases to those that work there. I didn’t think of children and what part they play in. I never thought about what a bomb diffuser does (and most likely not the title) or that there was such a thing as an EOD Squad (Explosive Ordinance Disposal). Movies are not necessarily school, but they have the rare opportunity to teach viewers something. I think that movies like this are important. If people don’t watch the news and understand what is going on through that medium or through their talk radio host; why not teach them through entertainment? Sneak attack…so to speak.
The Hurt Locker was an informative film. I like some form of connection or care to happen between me and what I am viewing. I felt that there was a distance in me and the film. I did not feel like they were trying to connect to me. I felt I was being told a story and that isn’t connecting. I wouldn’t see it again. I did feel an emotional pull with one of the scenes because it had to do with death of a someone close to a character. It shows that people lose that want to connect when those they connect with just leave or die. War is such a thief of humanity in each individual that partakes. I assume that The Hurt Locker could refer to a locker that holds the pain of these men. What they have seen, what they have endured, what they want their life to mean and the guilt that they feel for things that they cannot control. I am sad for such men and women that have this to contend with. Their hurt locker is full of pain I cannot and do not want to imagine.

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