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March 29, 2010 / Prof Cupcake.

hurt locker

Its gritty and intense and I spent the entire film with my hands on my face so I could jam my fingers in my ears. I felt like I was four and afraid of loud noises again. I just could not help myself, the entire film is so brutal and unforgiving that you never get a chance to catch your breath. From the beginning right through to the end it is gripping, compelling and terrifying. The film follows the last 30 some on days in a platoons deployment in Iraq. Rather then rely on traditional narrative elements, the plot eschews traditional character and narrative tropes in order to return to the heart of the war. The war and comradery of the platoon do not drive the characters together; life and death situations do not forge them into best friends. They remain individuals searching for themselves through out the high drama of the war. This film wonderfully explores the passions of war without becoming either overly dogmatic or symbolically laden. Kathryn Biggelow shows a deft control of the camera, squeezing the scenery and the action for all it is worth. She draws you into the oppressive stifling air of Iraq and assaults your sense with a barrage of high edited and composed visual and auditory experiences. The sound in this film is also spectacular. Not much of a surprise as it did sweep the Oscars for sound editing. (But it is so exceptional it must be noted.) Ultimately this film explores in-depth the quote “the rush of battle is often a potent and lethal addiction, for war is a drug.”


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