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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film deserved of its reputation, 24 July 2010
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A superb film about the realities and horrors of conflict and the addiction that the adrenalin rush of such situations can bring.
It's difficult not to get sucked into the drama and all the more real that it reflects the reality of life for many of out troops abroad.
Derved of its reputation and academy awards - simply top class.
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Initial post: 24 Jul 2010 20:56:35 BDT
Darren

You have to be joking. There were no 'realities and horrors of conflict' here. Plenty of cliches, but utterly unrealistic. A three man EOD team does not just go waltzing all over (wherever - Baghdad?); EOD team members do not take away bits of bomb-making equipment for their own private collections; nor do they plan to (though he did not in the end) blow up newly discovered bomb factories - what about forensics? I won't even discuss the way the Brit SF guys were portrayed or the idea that an EOD team are going to turn themselves into snipers with a few ranging shots! This would make a good video game - but it ain't no depiction of war, that's for sure.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Aug 2010 01:40:57 BDT
K. Grunwald says:
@IstanbulPricey..I don't know what you expect of a movie but i suggest you stick to books rather than film as a means of communicating a vision/view to you. No disrespect sir but you seem to have lost sight of how movies work as a means of communication. This was not targeted at people with "hands on" experience of war (you imply that you have such) ie it is not, and does not, attempt to be a news reel or a documentary about war. It is targeted at the general public who are remote from such and it successfully communicates to them.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Sep 2010 12:23:35 BDT
Mark Twain says:
@K. Grunwald I would agree with IstanbulPricey though, and even those with no military background, with whom I watched the film, commented on the glaring factual errors. The sniper scene was a classic and a case in point. At the end of the day, this was one of the worst war films I have seen! I have no idea how this won awards!

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Oct 2010 18:33:42 BDT
Last edited by the author on 26 Oct 2010 18:34:16 BDT
The Hurt Locker won awards primarily to put James Cameron's nose out of joint and stop him proclaiming, once again, that he was 'King of the World.

We all know that he is, though, and the success of that film of his, now what was it, ah, yes, Avatar, proves it.

The Oscar critics must be hanging their collective heads in Shame.
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