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The Hurt Locker

The Hurt Locker

The Hurt Locker

Last night i watched the Hurt Locker. The big winner of the BAFTA awards, the British Oscar’s. It’s supposed to be the most likely candidate to ‘steal’ a few awards from Avatar and i was curious whether or not the hype was justified.

To be short, yes and no. No because the movie didn’t grab me as much as i expected it after seeing the trailer and reading the reviews. And yes because the movie contains a few scenes that are close to Sergio Leone type brilliance and it makes you think about different people’s motives to go to war and risk their lives. The main problem i had with the movie is the fact that there is no real story, although on the other hand that’s a refreshing thing not having a bad guy behind all the bombs that the ‘heroes’ have to catch. The movie  follows three members of a bomb disposal squad in their daily fight with bombs. These scenes are very well shot and have the same suspense and tension as the aforementioned Sergio Leone in for instance the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

The lack of real story however kept me from really feeling a connection with the main characters. Where some reviews say that’s a good thing and that even when you don’t sympathize with the maincharacter he will leave you fascinated by his motives i didn’t really feel that. Something which  left me with a bit of an unsatisfied feeling after the movie ended.

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