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Movie Review - The Hurt Locker

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Like Mike
The Hurt Locker

At this year’s Academy Awards ‘Hurt Locker’ is the film to beat as it has been the front runner at many different award shows so far and is looking to have built up the steam needed to walk away with the top prizes. With war films always being big hits at the cinema, it was time for a film about the current ‘war on terror’ inside Iraq to be turned into a film filled with award winning performances and a great story, so I was really looking forward to seeing it after all the hype that preceded the film.

“An intense portrayal of elite soldiers who have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world: disarming bombs in the heat of combat. When a new sergeant, James, takes over a highly trained bomb disposal team amidst violent conflict, he surprises his two subordinates, Sanborn and Eldridge, by recklessly plunging them into a deadly game of urban combat. James behaves as if he's indifferent to death. As the men struggle to control their wild new leader, the city explodes into chaos, and James' true character reveals itself in a way that will change each man forever.”

This film was a solid war film with some great performances, which is what I was expecting, but is it worthy of an Oscar win for best film and best director? I say no. I haven’t seen all 10 films nominated this year but the ones I have seen that I rate as much better films and more worthy of the ‘Best Film’ tag are ‘UP’, ‘Inglorious Basterds’, District 9’, ‘Up In The Air’ and ‘Avatar’.  However, I don’t want that to take away from this film as it really is a great watch. At the very least it sets the benchmark very high for future Iraq war films that will more than likely hit our screens for many decades to come.

7.5 out of 10 from me.

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