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Friday, January 15, 2010

The Hurt Locker

I was extremely excited about this movie being released on DVD. I have wanted to see it for awhile and didn't realize it was coming out on DVD so soon (for me).

I happen to find one of the only copies available in a Redbox rental at the Walmart down the road from me. I hurried this AM to pick it up (I reserved it) and picked up Sunny with a Chance of Meatballs for the girls to watch tonight.

It didn't turn out to be a great movie night for all. The girls apparently couldn't manage to just sit and watch a movie but instead, fight, run around, and cry. They lost their movie privilege and were sent off to their separate rooms. Don't be too concerned: they both have their own television.

But Tim and I were left alone (for the most part) to enjoy this critically acclaimed flick.

The Hurt Locker stars people that most people would never hear of. I like this. No George Clooneys, Brad Pitts or the idol-du-jour, Bradley Cooper. THANK YOU GOD-LIKE-SYMBOL for having a fine movie with fine actors (their a dime a dozen) who weren't commercialized.

The story revolves mainly around an EOD unit in Baghdad (Iraq War). It's titillating and sad. The story is loosely based on the experience of Mark Boal, a journalist who went along with real life soldiers during their excursions in Iraq.

Sgt. James joins a three man team shortly after the loss of their team lead. He is reckless and wild. Instead of using a robot to search potential roadside bombs, he goes in himself. He's almost the "Maverick" of the Bravo Company that is responsible for detonating the bombs.

It's also sad. The idea that people live in a country that have to bow down to US troops.

The idea that you are not safe in your own country.

The idea that you, as an American soldier, are the stranger in the strange land and have no idea who to trust.

I enjoyed it a lot. Just sorry that the kids couldn't make their movie night work for them.

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