I just watched this movie over the past couple of nights (don't ask, it's been a long week). I'm aware that it's been out since 2009, it was nominated for nine Academy Awards, won six Oscars and is pretty much world renowned at this point and time. I've been meaning to watch it, truly I have, but its just kind of slipped my mind. But in the last two weeks I've really wanted to see it (I learned that one of the soldiers is played by Brian Geraghty and he's one of my favorites), and when we went to Aunt Mary's fish fry she told me that I could borrow her copy (along with Flags of our Fathers and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo- and yes, I'm aware that those movies have been out for like five or ten years, but it's a process, dammit ).
I jumped on board with it (like I said- Brian Geraghty) and decided out of the three I borrowed- The Hurt Locker was going to be the first one that I watched. This particular movie is really intense. Like, really, really intense. So, intense. I'm not even kidding about how intense it is. Here, this should give you a little insight, the movie starts out with this quote-
"The rush of battle is a potent and often lethal addiction, for war is a drug."
See what I mean? Intense. I assumed that it would be a bit intense just because of the context going in (bomb specialist soldiers in an Iraqi war zone- each one of those are intense on their own, let alone combined), but I just didn't think it would be as intense as what it was. Maybe I was being naive, in fact I'm sure I was, but I still like to believe in the good guys. And while I still feel like all of our American Soldiers are the good guys and I respect them tremendously, it's strange to see them in this setting. Their setting. And while I know it's only a movie, in a way, it's also not. Real people do these kinds of things everyday, putting their lives on the line for what they believe in and yet, no amount of "thank you's" or "I love you's" or "I'm grateful for you's" will ever be enough.
American war film about a three-man (Sergeant First Class William James- Jeremy Renner, Sergeant J.T. Sanborn- Anthony Mackie and Specialist Owen Eldridge- Brian Geraghty) Explosive Ordinance Disposal (bomb disposal) team during the Iraq War.
That's all of the synopsis that you get, because that's all that you need. Watch it.