Monday, July 12, 2010

The Hurt Locker (2008): review- 8.5/10

The story of three members of a bomb disposal team in Iraq and the tensions arising from their work and their relations.

The film conveys intelligently certain masculine, soldierly attitudes; stoicism, valour, cheerfulness, camraderie, efficiency and aggression: the acting is univerally excellent.

The description of the situation in Iraq is also supurb, full of tension- showing the sense of ambiguity, of uncertainty and strain and the difficulty in defining the enemy.

The film is only let down by the scenes set in the USA, where the lead character's personality bent is given a pat "explanation".

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