Nerves on Edge – Horror Films

There is no preaching here. Just a need to survive. “The Hurt Locker” is a riveting movie that brings the Iraq war to the forefront as an action-adventure free of political asides.

Tragedy in the opening scene

The leader of a three-man army bomb squad is forced to go in himself when a robot malfunctions in an effort to defuse a bomb in a Baghdad marketplace. In a heavily insulated space suit in the extreme heat, he is backed by a two-man team who spot the cell phone but too late. BOOM!

A cell phone ignites the wartime tragedy in the opening scene. Like the shower scene in “Psycho” or the combat scene in “Saving Private Ryan,” it puts the audience in lethal fear that it may happen again. For the next two hours, we remain on nerve-shattering alert. Then we realize that we have been watching guys who go through this every day as a routine part of their “job.”

Nerves on Edge – Horror Films

The film is written by Mark Boal, who spent time embedded with a bomb squad in the desert and also wrote the underrated “In the Valley of Elah,” the Tommy Lee Jones film about a father trying to make sense of his son’s death in Iraq. It, like all the other films set in this war, suffered at the box office. This one, playing at Regal MacArthur Center 18, Norfolk, and AMC Hampton 24, deserves a better fate.

“The Hurt Locker” is perhaps the best drama yet made about the Iraq war. This ultra-masculine story of men who are forced to take war as a way of life is directed by Kathryn Bigelow. In the past, she has examined men involved in such sports as rollerblading and surfing. Here, she keeps the war up close and personal, and she leaves us wrenched and torn.

The film opens with a quote: “War is a drug.” The enemy is everywhere. We are driven to paranoia. Is there a killer hiding in that approaching herd of goats?

Alfred Hitchcock quite accurately showed us that the worst fear can come in broad daylight. After reading this article don’t forget to visit this site here. Iraq is a desert country bathed in torrid sunshine. You don’t defuse bombs in the dark. The bomb makers are likely watching you from a nearby rooftop or doorway—anxious to see the results of their handiwork.

James starts driving his team nuts. Sgt. J.T. Sanborn, played with warm confidence and folksy believability by Anthony Mackie, sees him as reckless. Specialist Owen Eldridge, played by Brian Geraghty, just wants to survive long enough to get back home but fears the new sergeant doesn’t really care. His fears are well grounded.

Perhaps the most telling personal scene in the movie is one from the home front. James is asked by his live-in ex-wife to pick up a box of cereal at the grocery store. Also visit our link: here for more to know. The endless shelf of choices befuddles him. Yet in Iraq, he could, with stony nerves, find the right wire to defuse a car bomb that would otherwise kill him and hundreds of others.

Bigelow keeps her camera in close and never resorts to quick edits that tend to afflict modern action spectaculars. “The Hurt Locker” is a movie that gets in your face and won’t back up.

“The Hurt Locker” delivers as an action film, and a meaningful one.

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