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The Hurt Locker

The Hurt Locker

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This was not the best picture of 2009. I have not seen every movie made in 2009, but of the 7 nominees I saw, I can safely say this wasn't the best made film. I can't believe Kathryn Bigelow wont Best Director, or that this one Best Film. That's not to say it was bad, but just not as worthy as some of the praise it received.

First of all, the story is a total mess. There really isn't much of a story. It's kind of a bunch of random events about that felt patched together. Sure the movie is about the same characters throughout, but there was no rhyme or reason to much of it. That is on the writers and the director, so I have to kind of shake my head over the best director award.

The movie has a very gritty and realistic feel to it and for that I give it credit. I've never served in the military, but I imagine that aspect of the movie is pretty authentic. At times, I feel like I'm watching a documentary or some news coverage. That's how real the movie looks and feels. But again, the story was quite weak in my opinion. The movie follows a group of soldiers (led by Jeremy Renner) through their service in the military. We learn about their experiences and how hard war can be on the human mind, but there's not much to grasp onto storyline wise.

Now if we are talking about the actors, that's where the praise belongs. The main 3 characters (Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, and Brian Geraghty) were excellent. If it were not for them I might not have liked the movie at all, but they really made up for the jumbled plot. That being said, it was hard to disregard that fact I felt like I was watching a very poorly edited (or written, I could't tell) movie.

Thumbs half up.

This movie review was written for your reading pleasure on January 15, 2010.