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Hurt Locker [2008] [US Import] [Blu-ray] [Region A]

3.5 out of 5 stars 503 customer reviews

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  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Uni Dist Corp (Music)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (503 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00275EGX8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,049 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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. 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.

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Format: DVD
The first film that I saw Jeremy Renner in was Hansel and Gretel: Vampire Killers which my teenage stepdaughter convinced me to sit through. My inner child is always present so I have enjoyed some children's films very much, say Hugo or Finding Nemo, Toy Story etc, but Hansel and Gretel I thought was absolute tripe, I hardly managed to make it to the end. Fast forward a while and as a fan of Jason Bourne I watched The Bourne Legacy and in that, Jeremy Renner is completely believable as an action hero and I enjoyed that performance immensely. The Hurt Locker is another star turn, his character is the centrepiece of the film and although the backdrop is tense, bomb disposal in the Middle East (difficult to imagine a more tense setting!), the impression of a reckless maverick that we soon learn is multi-faceted, he wins over his colleagues and the viewers as he shows himself to be a natural leader. Graduating from what appears to be a team-mate that would be the last you'd want beside you, to one that you would trust your own life with. It's fair to say I'm now a fan of Mr. Renner, he carries this single-handed and it's gripping stuff.
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The Hurt Locker is a great film in every respect and is destined to be a classic which will be talked about in the next century. I can see, however, that some people won't 'get it' because it dispenses with most of the technical and narrative means that almost every Hollywood war movie avails itself of. But if you can put your expectations on one side, the film is amazingly fresh and powerfully moving.

The use of hand-held camera, which often has documentary resonances, together with a narrative evenness which treats all moments as equally significant could be expected to produce a distancing/alienating effect in the viewer, and if you are expecting crescendos and diminuendos it probably does just that. Yet these devices are capable of having the opposite effect, drawing the viewer into the very grit and grain and breath and terrible ambiguity of events as they unfold for a team of bomb disposal technicians operating in the dangerous streets of Iraq. Impeccable editing makes this work and you end up knowing in your bone-marrow that war is hell, that soldiers end up doing their own thing as plans give way to chaos, that for some war is nevertheless addictive, and that seemingly ordinary people are capable of insane degrees of bravery.

The direction and acting are superb and without the slightest false note. Particularly look out for a scene in which Jeremy Renner's Sergeant William James answers his compadre's question on how he faces the high probability of death day after day, and apparently without fear. With a few deft strokes, the character of William James becomes rounded, complex, utterly human and complete. [The protagonists are ambling along in an armoured vehicle, chatting rather laconically.]

Give this film a chance and it will blow you away!
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only managed half way throug hit was that bad, really bemused as I'd read reviews which claimed it was way above average. I guess it was scored on political sentiments rather than rating the actual film. Cinematography is nothing special, cookiecutter stuff but choices applied poorly for the scene at times like DP and director are not aware what the other wants/is doing. Some overdone, especially shoulder rig shakey footage.

The story is awful to the point I wonder if they tried. Accuracy is cringeworthy and from an ethical PoV with the subject matter it leave a bit of a sour taste. I don't expect it to be journalistic ethics bound like a documentary should be and I expect some artistic license, exaggerations and so on as that is how Hollywood works but this was outrageous. Having the lead role capable of firing lasers out his eyes and crapping APOBS would be just as realistic imo and would've entertained more at least. I wouldn't mind the lack of realism if it propped up the telling of an exceptional or even merely unusual story but instead it was just mediocre copypaste sameold sameold with complete lack of attention to detail. Really don't understand how this won anything from people who'd seen it, I suspect it was a token award for the supposed subject matter/political message etc given without the film actually being viewed.
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If you enjoy modern-day war-style drama's this film may well be for you.
The film is most certainly intense, and should hold your attention.
It follows 'Bravo' unit, a 'U.S' Bomb Disposal team during it's final 30 days or so of 'tour of duty'
It deals with the tensions and fears of the unit's members as they try to defuse bombs, handle suicide bombers, and of course face ambush situations.
The film is set during the American occupation of 'Bagdad' during one of the most controversial conflicts of modern times, which in truth we all have differing views of ( me ? i think it should have reached a conclusion first time around '1991', which may well have avoided the '2003' return, credibility for the action, many including myself, was a little questionable, i'm sure that many have a different opinion of it ? )
the film is so worthy of a spin.
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