The Hurt Locker

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The Hurt Locker is a 2008 film produced and directed by Kathryn Bigelow. This film is set during the Iraq War and follows three men who are part of a bomb squad. This film opens up with the quote “The rush of battle is a potent and often lethal addiction, for war is a drug." This quote is a crucial part of the film and fuels the main character throughout the film. In the beginning scenes of the movie the group loses their leader and friend Staff Sergeant Mathew Thompson, who was killed by an IED, improvised explosive devise, he was trying to defuse. This is when our main character Sergeant William James enters the scene. James is not quite the leader Sergeant Sanborn and Specialist Eldridge have come accustomed to. James may have as much battlefield…show more content…
This movie was set in Iraq, which most people know as a hot and crazy mess. In many of the scenes you have trash covering the roads and sand blowing all over and making it hard to see. Along with the people speaking in a foreign language it all just adds to the confusion of the movie. There are many scenes that are hard to follow along with because you just can’t see what is going on. The director even adds in shaky scenes to add to the confusion. I believe all of this is meant to be because there is so much confusion going on over in Iraq. Our soldiers are over in a completely new area and don’t really know who they are fighting. Everyone looks the same and in a blink of an eye someone is shooting at you with an AK-47. It is not like back in the old days where one group would wear red outfits and one group would wear blue outfits. Soldiers drive down roads in Humvees everyday wondering if they are going to hit an IED or be ambushed. You can see it in the film at the very beginning when Eldridge cant decide what a guy is doing. The wind was swirling and sand was blowing everywhere. Kids were screaming and people were yelling in a different language. He was confused and didn’t know whether to shoot or not, all of the confusion of the setting cost the life of Staff Sergeant Mathew Thompson. The only normal and none confusing place in the movie was the American military base, which brings me to my final
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