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It is a well done movie, but, in the end it makes no statement, whatsoever, of any importance.
Felt like an enormous waste of 2 hours.
I often disagree with Oscar selections; this was another one.
I missed any tension or terror - I saw only testosterone-driven psychotics in a war that hawks love because it advances US values of global domination.
I thought it was okay, not a big fan of war movies. Not much of a plot in this one.
Interesting movie. After seeing it I looked on Wikipedia and saw that the "wild" Jeremy Renner character is really not what the Army is looking for to defuse explosives.
The title of director Kathryn Bigelow’s horrifying journey into darkness is GI slang for any severe injury sustained in battle. But injuries come in many different guises and if war is indeed a drug, as attested by the film’s opening quote by journalist Chris Hedges, then it is one of the most destructive of addictions. With the incisive eye of a documentarian Bigelow proves quite adept at maintaining an atmosphere of chaotic tension, switching from long strained takes to jiggling handheld verité as she recreates a dust-choked Baghdad of burned out cars and crumbled walls where half seen faces peer out of every recess and an innocuous pile of rubble could conceal a deadly threat. Under a scorching sun, their camouflage gear seemingly out of place amongst the market stalls and scrambling children, her characters move in a constant state of controlled anxiety knowing that any wrong move may prove to be their last. But as each man faces that heart of darkness which seems to saturate everything around them Bigelow presents three very different responses: one despairs over a life of quiet domesticity he may never live to see; one sees the nightmare for what it is and the knowledge preys upon his sanity; and yet another finds within the adrenaline rush a way to keep his own demons at bay. Not so much a war movie as it is a psychological treatise on the hidden casualties of battle, Bigelow takes great pains to avoid proselytizing to either side but instead allows events to unfold as they will. In the process she treats her audience to some haunting imagery—a soldier moves ominously through a pall of smoke; a setting sun turns blood red; a dead child lies sprawled on a kitchen table—and a powerful soundtrack of melancholy notes and apocalyptic wails. Its Oscars for Best Picture and Director were well deserved.
I am not on board with the vast majority. I wasn't overwhelmed with this flick despite its widespread high praise.
Not your grandfather's stereotypical war movie, this film portrays war against civilian warriors without uniforms and rarely seen, high tech weapons, homemade bombs, booby traps and a remote controlled detection robot. The camera finds complex humans, domestic and foreign, responding to constant chaos. Can overexposure to chaos become addictive for some?
This film should be required viewing for all Americans who forget that there's still a war going on. Kathryn Bigelow takes an impossible situation, men who are saddled with the task of disposing of bombs and is able to make a piece of art. She shows you post traumatic stress disorder in the making and it's aftermath. A well deserved Academy Award for Picture and Director. Especially since the movie is so not commercial, bravo!
An engaging effort with a good performance from Jeremy Renner but this is not as interesting as Zero Dark Thirty.
very realistic, unglamorized and often grim glimpse of current warfare. it doesn't feel like a movie ... well done!
Awsome movie. Really gives you a great idea of what our troops go through with a little bit of humor to lighten the mood. Wonderful acting on Renner's part
Very well done movie. A pleasure to watch. I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding on this one.
Although powerfully realistic, action-packed, unrelenting and intense, the film lacks what the director really watns to tell you.
She has just painted the screen with the war scenes, but she seems to have forgotten to paint it with soul and heart.
Pretty good, really interesting to see, didn't know about this role in the military. But I did fall asleep for a little bit.
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This movie is very hard to watch but is well worth the time in viewing the show.----Enjoy!----RichardPaul
This is what it is like to be in the Iraq war and more specifically in a bomb (IED) disposal unit. Viewed from the perspective of three soldiers working as a unit to get through the remainder of their tour while putting their lives on the line on a daily basis. Not anything like most war movies. Whether it deserved to win Best Picture is a matter of opinion.
Way better than I thought it would be. Except for a few exceptions, I usually can't stand war films, but this was entertaining and absent of enough propaganda that I highly enjoyed it. Its no Near Dark, but still pretty great.
Good movie...except I don't think a renegade would be on a bomb disposable unit.
This was a good movie except for the inaccuracies....but it was definitely better than avatar.