Saturday, July 7, 2012

No. 8 The Hurt Locker (2008)

First woman to win best director Oscar

I haven't much to say about this movie but it appears in a number of websites and databases about conflict, war and human rights so I thought that I would add it to the list.  The movie set in Baghdad focuses on an elite squad of the US army trained to diffuse bombs.  A new army leader, arrives and causes havoc by his seemingly carefree attitude to death.  

The film is pretty tense and shows the enormous psychological toll that the war in Iraq has on soldiers.    The soldiers in the movie, with their limited understanding of the people and culture, suspect that everything could be a bomb and that anyone could be the enemy.

According to the Hollywood Reporter the movie became part of a lawsuit with Sgt Jeffery Sarver, an Iraq war veteran claiming that his life had inspired the character of Jeremy Renner in the film.  Sarver was later ordered to pay Kathryn Bigelow and Nicholas Boal's legal fees.  

I watched this movie with high expectations and was disappointed.  My father fell asleep.  I think a similar message on the toll of war on soldiers can be garnered from Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse 5 which is an excellent and short read.  

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