Film Analysis: The Hurt Locker

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The Hurt Locker (Bigelow 2008), is a non-documentary American feature made about the war in Iraq. This movie was nominated in nine categories at the 82nd Academy Awards and won in six, including, best picture, best director, best original screenplay, best sound editing, best sound mixing, and best film editing. Three members of the Army's elite Explosive Ordnance Disposal squad battle insurgents and each other as they search for and disarm a wave of roadside bombs on the streets of Baghdad. Main objective of this three man team is to make the city a safer place for Iraqi citizens and American soldiers. Their mission is to protect and save, but the margin of error when defusing a war zone bomb less than zero. When a new staff Sergeant takes over the team, his subordinates, are shocked by behavior which is borderline crazy. The Hurt Locker does not go deep into war politics or military strategies, the main focus is on the characters and their day to day lives while in Iraq. The main character goes…show more content…
The film utilizes discontinuity in one scene when the soldiers checking the old building, before the Sergeant finds the body of a little boy stuffed with bombs. The camera first shoots the soldiers walking from behind, then from the front, and another camera angle is from the side. These camera angles worked because it still made the position of each actor clear. This movie had many transitions, which in my opinion, actually, made the movie a even more interesting. As each scene cut to another, it created even more suspense as to what happened in the ending of the last scene. The cuts added in the intensity when they were fast and repetitive. For example, once the Sergeant found the body and discovered that he had to remove the bomb from the little boy's chest, the camera cut between a close up to his face, to a close up of the stitches on the boy's chest, mixed with a cut of the other two men outside, at a rapid

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