March 19, 2009, 6:23 a.m. CST
by Bill Brasky
Here's to Bill Brasky!!!
March 19, 2009, 6:31 a.m. CST
by Bill Brasky
Hurt Locker, if it stays away from political veiw points and focuses on these EOD guys, might break the tradition of Hollywood GWOT bombs. I'm rooting for it to succeed.
March 19, 2009, 6:45 a.m. CST
It very much does. It's all about the men on the ground... When I interviewed Boal and Bigelow this morning they kept underlining that it's a combat film, trying to separate themselves from exactly the kind of films you're talking about.
March 19, 2009, 7:27 a.m. CST
Ralph Fiennes in Hurt Locker? Saw no mention of him. Small part?
March 19, 2009, 7:30 a.m. CST
Ever since seeing him in SWAT and a straight to video gay centric bio on Dhamer, I've been waiting for him to really get a chance to make an impact. He's been good in quite a few films, but hasn't been given a role he really deserves.
March 19, 2009, 7:44 a.m. CST
...opens in June ??!! Its already on DVD in certain regions ! Its very good though.
March 19, 2009, 7:45 a.m. CST
is in the Hurt Locker for about..oooo....16 seconds ?
March 19, 2009, 8:27 a.m. CST
by wampa 1
...but it sure smells good!
March 19, 2009, 8:37 a.m. CST
This is not your typical war movie. It's very apolitical and more or less just focuses on the environment for "grunts". What war is to them on a more personal basis. Great movie.
March 19, 2009, 11:03 a.m. CST
She's made some great films, and I've heard lots of good stuff about this one too.
March 19, 2009, 11:34 a.m. CST
by Bill Brasky
Good, I'm glad to hear it. I will definitely see it then. <p>I gotta tell you; These EOD guys are really something special. I've had a few dealings with them over the past few years. They are cooler than the Fonz and very good at what they do. I can tell you: I would probably not be writing this if not for the men of EOD - Army, Navy and USMC EOD. (Never met an Air Force EOD team, but I'm sure they exist.)
March 19, 2009, 12:29 p.m. CST
by Motoko Kusanagi
Seriosly, what the hell?!?<p>That I still wanna see this flick speaks for the appealing theme of the movie. But damn this spoiler!
March 19, 2009, 12:35 p.m. CST
by Wee Willie
If you don't want to know anything about a movie in advance of seeing it, then DON'T READ ABOUT IT. Plus, what level of mind is unable to enkioy something if they know what's coming? isn't the joy in see 'how' things happen, not 'what happens'. Retards.
March 19, 2009, 12:43 p.m. CST
Fuck you, buddy. Im jealous, but I'll have to just satisfy myself knowing I have exceptional hair.
March 19, 2009, 12:52 p.m. CST
to partially derail a career (McTiernan-Rollerball, Bigelow-The Widowmaker, look at all the guff Raimi gets for Spidey 3..), but this sounds like a return to form for Bigelow, and maybe the film that can break the "Iraq movie curse".
March 19, 2009, 1:18 p.m. CST
I love Kathryn Bigelow. Wish she'd work more often because she's one of the very best at solid, dramatically motivated action movies. There was nothing wrong with K-19 by the way, that was a strong film. I think people just couldn't get over the icon of Harrison Ford as a Ruskie. I didn't have a problem with his accent, I totally bought in to his character and the story. The Weight Of Water is the only Bigelow film that stands out as not being executed as well as it could have been, needed to have more of the approach of Scott Hicks' Snow Falling On Cedars. But Point Break and Strange Days are perfection. Near Dark and Blue Steel are very good. Still havn't seen The Loveless but it's next on my 'to do' list. <p> JOHN MCTIERNAN, WE NEED YOU BACK TOO!
March 19, 2009, 1:29 p.m. CST
don't make dumb blanket statements like that
March 19, 2009, 1:57 p.m. CST
Just could not get past Ford's "Russian" accent. Some actors can pull off accents with ease...Ford, not so easy. And I haven't thought about Blue Steel in about 20 years...good flick. Rewatched Near Dark recently and it holds up very well. No remake please!!
March 19, 2009, 3 p.m. CST
I apologize for ruining anything in the movie, but everything I talk about happens in the first 5 minutes of the movie. That doesn't mean the Pearce stuff wasn't a giveaway, just not crucial to your enjoyment of the movie or the story.
March 19, 2009, 3:48 p.m. CST
I served two tours in Iraq in 03 and 04. This is the first fictional movie that seemed to get it right. The actors talked and acted like soldiers I knew. Especially Jeremy Renner. He reminded me so much of a friend (who died in an accident after the war) that it gave me the chills. I think his career will really skyrocket when this comes out. One thing that Quint didn't mention is the last few minutes of the movie. They just do not fit. The ending almost ruined the whole thing for me. It's still worth watching, maybe you'll think differently.
March 19, 2009, 11:06 p.m. CST
March 20, 2009, 3:20 a.m. CST
Considering we're all in Iraq, and we all enjoyed the film. <p> As we discussed in the other HurtLocker TB, the main thing with this movie is to stay with the characters and what they're going through as opposed to pointing out all of the inconsistencies. <p> EOD team going out alone, where ever they please in Iraq? I say thee nay! Just one example, and the main one at that. Loads of SOP and equipment inconsistencies, but if you stick with the characters and understand that the "action movie, adrenaline junkie" cliche isn't whats being portrayed you'll be fine. <p>
March 20, 2009, 3:29 a.m. CST
The ending is what makes the movie. <p> Possible Spoiler~ <p> There are THOUSANDS of troops "institutionalized" by Iraq. Exposed to extremely tense situations for 365 days a year (that few if you're lucky) where you think you could die at any moment, and then thrown back into civilized life and expected to function normally? Give me a fucking break dude. He can't function at home with his family so he goes right back into the shit...because that's an acceptable reality for him at this point. What isn't there to get? <p> I admire Bigelow and her attempt at possibly trying to get the civilian world to understand what it's like to live like this, and then to try and fit back into a normal society. Maybe her way of hinting at why so many soldiers ACTUALLY VOLUNTEER to come right back to Iraq after a deployment. Or maybe her way of explaining why soldiers seem so shell shocked after coming home. <p> Then again, maybe it's just me & the general consensus between myself and the troops I live with everyday over here.
March 20, 2009, 11:06 a.m. CST
Here's my problem with the end of Hurt Locker SPOILERS BELOW The last shot of the movie with the rock music blaring and Renner in full EOD suit just does not fit. It negates the theme of the entire movie. It reminded me of the end to Iron Man, with Ozzy screaming during the end credits. I get what Bigelow was attempting to do. I know exactly how it feels to return from war. It is impossible to relate what it was like. The way that I viewed everything changed. I had to completely change the way I thought about the world to survive over there and then change again when I returned. It was not easy to do, but I did it becuase I never wanted to feel like that again. At the same time, I understand why some soldiers volunteer to return. I still feel pride in my ability to adapt to those extreme circumstances. It is an accomplishment to make it through war (plus it pays better than sitting stateside). However, Bigelow had a chance to wrap up the movie with a powerful message but she blew it. It seemed like completely false bravado. The audience already understands that Renner is a complete badass, he doesn't need blaring rock music to hammer home that point. The whole movie does an excellent job of showing warfare for what it is and not glorifying it. Then that is all flushed away with an unnecessary ending. I would love to see an alternate ending builds on the characters developed. I don't mind that Renner returns to Iraq, I even expected it. I just don't agree with how it was handled.
March 20, 2009, 11:08 a.m. CST
how do you get paragraph breaks to show up in posts? shift + enter shows up when I type it but not on the post.
March 20, 2009, 12:40 p.m. CST
"Bigelow had a chance to wrap up the movie with a powerful message but she blew it." I honestly couldn't agree more. I actually had to re-watch the last 2 scenes to take it all in, and in retrospect I felt the same way you do. She could have went in so many directions to get the *under the table message* across but instead she went with the *he's such a bad ass* ending. <p> And < p > makes the paragraph breaks.
March 20, 2009, 5:47 p.m. CST