The Hurt Locker
Ruth S. Green
ENG 225 Introduction to Film
Professor Rosa Farmer
August 6, 2012
The movie I have chosen to write about is The Hurt Locker. The Hurt Locker is an American war film about a three-man United States Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal team during the Iraq War. The film was directed by Kathryn Bigelow and the screenplay was written by Mark Boal, a freelance writer who was embedded as a journalist in 2004 with a US bomb squad in Iraq. It stars Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, and Brian Geraghty as members of the EOD unit and follows their tour of duty as they contend with defusing bombs, the threat of insurgency, and the tension that develops among them. The different camera angles, the actors, the amazing cinematography, editing and the way the story unfolds in front of the audience are the things that make this movie so captive.
The Hurt Locker is an intense portrayal of elite soldiers who have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world: disarming bombs in the heat of combat. When a new sergeant, James (Renner) takes over a highly trained bomb disposal team amidst violent conflict, he surprises his two subordinate, Sanborn (Mackie) and Eldridge (Geraghty), by recklessly plunging them into a deadly game of urban combat. James behaves as if he's indifferent to death. As the men struggle to control their wild new leader, the city explodes into chaos, and James' true character reveals itself in a way that will change each man forever.
The Hurt Locker opens with a quote from War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, a best-selling 2002 book by New York Times war correspondent and journalist, Chris Hedges: The rush of battle is a potent and often lethal addiction, for war is a drug.” This quote means that war can become addictive, as it has for James’s (Renner) character in this movie. Throughout this movie there are scenes where James seems to crave the rush that only war can bring him. This paper will...