The Hurt Locker (2008)
As the general public, we read & think more of big tragic events like 9/11 or Mumbai 26/11. But due to their near-common, frequent nature, we hardly think about everyday tragedies that Security Forces in War Zones like IRAQ or Afghanistan undergoes. “The Hurt Locker” movie is an attempt to address that awareness creation. It is about a US Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team during the Iraq War. I came to know about the movie due to its nomination to this year awards. The story sounded interesting and I believe there have been very few movies about the ongoing IRAQ or Afghanistan War (many documentaries exist, but rarely many movies). The movie is directed by Kathryn Bigelow and a story by Mark Boal, a freelance writer who was embedded with a bomb squad.
After watching the movie today, I should say the movie seems to be an honest attempt at telling the story as it is on the ground. The scene was a local man strapped with timer explosives around him, all of them secured with steel bars and locks that prevent removal in time was a very moving one. Doesn’t seem to have a lot of “Hollywood” effects added normally for better storytelling. Doesn’t go into flashbacks of characters and tries hard to stick to the factual line as closely as possible. A must watch for any Movie Buff and for anyone remotely interested in understanding the modern-day warfare against terrorism in our world.