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The Hurt Locker (2008)
One of the Best I have seen this Decade
The film is one of the best I have seen this decade and I am glad it received the recognition it deserved.
Many claim it to be war propaganda, but I have yet to see a reasonable argument towards such a claim.
Many claim it to be anti-war. While this is definitely a theme in the film, I feel it, unlike most other war films, takes a back seat to the character study.
On the surface, the film can be considered an excellent action picture filled with excellent sequences. However, this has provoked some to say, that while the sequences themselves are good, the film seems broken up and a very loose. However, I feel that this is where its brilliance lies as well as why it desevred its Best Original Screenplay Oscar.
The structure of the film is brilliant as it breaks down James' character without really feeding the audience. The audience must truly analyze each bomb scene and see exactly what it tells us about his character. In most cases, if done correctly, I feel it shines a new light on the proceeding sequence.
An excellent film.