Gets you thinking about what really does happen over there and then question why
Great movie, worth waiting to see
Loved it. Great action movie. Hero's actions over the top but that's the way these days. Well worth watching
Gripping, realistic I guess, portrayal of one of the background trades of modern day terrorist warfare. A movie (or documentary) to get one thinking about what a strange world we live in when children can be used as bomb devices. Ghastly!
totally Excellent movie. Character driven, and what characters they were. The best movie that I have seen this year.
Slow, characters are supposed to evolve throughout a movie, you learn to love or hate them; these were stagnant, the movie ended and I was indifferent to them. And what is it with these Blair Witch style cinematography movies? Is it a money saving venture? Or a way to reduce the backdrop required, whichever it does not improve the viewing. The storey (or characters) did not progress, it was like watching a heap of similar scenes one after the other. Would not reccomend, or even mention this movie in passing; below par.
Excellent movie. The acting & the filming were top notch.
If Iraq is anything like the way the movie was projected, I pity the soldiers serving over there.
Captivating movie all the same
Excellent movie. But you must keep in mind, the war is just an scenario, the movie is about human struggle. How the war has affected the main charcater and changed him. Very solid acting through the entire movie. A different twist to the war genre.
If you are expecting a bullet flled explosion fest Hollywood movie, you will be disapointed.
Very tense and slowed paced, full of long awkward silences but treated masterfully. Most certainly a one of a kind, but not for everyone for sure.
I loved this movie and I am a chic. This movie portrayed for me what a real hero is. Hard to watch visually at times I admired the leading man's character and sensuality. Duty, courage, integrity. For all mine clearers worldwide..I admire your efforts so much. Point and shoot idiot scripts pale in comparison to this clever script.
I thought this was a 3 star movie, not fantastic but well worth the time and especially for those with an interest in the modern military.
A pointless film - but it didn't illustrate the pointlessness of the Iraq invasion. I didn't have any sympathy for any of the characters who were rather flat ... Characters lacked insight - the film makers didn't leave the viewers with any insight either ... pointless.
Very good show, deep and entertaining.
Every soldier has a tale to tell. Some do, most don't. If you're an Ammunition Techician Officer you will shudder at some of these scenes. Some soldiers, and some of the more intrepid high risk sports people out there, will understand the need to experience the jaz (adrenaline) rush that surviving near death brings.
Yes, we get it. War is futile now please move on to some other themes. The level of realism enhanced by the cinematography is admirable and the near end scene is very tense (I'm sure you'd know which one I'm referring to if you've seen it) but this movie really does drag on with nothing. A slightly above average film. Why the Academy selected this for Best Picture surprises me.
Great film , to me it was a little like a doco' I can see why it won awards
Typical of the trauma that our guys have to endure fighting for what we believe in - hopefully it's what those people want. We suffer for what we think they want. Very sad to relive the agonies of war.
a bit b grade acting to start but stick with it egts way better
Political correctness gone crazy. How could this slow "docu" have ousted Avatar as movie of the year?
Good action show worth watching
great movie and is pretty well what the bomb boys go through
Sound and action was lost after 45 minutes and did not return until later in the sequence. Then in the last quarter of the DVD it was OK. This is not the first incidence of sound and transmission failures.3 Stars
Most realistic movie I've seen in awhile.
It was OK. It showed the boredom and the crazy tense times alongside each other.
Good movie, but not Oscar worthy. My ex-soldier husband found it implausible, and downright silly. Too many real-life inconsistencies with what combat is really like. He claims the only similarity is the dust! Basically, it was a good movie, but don't think it gives you any real insight into what the Australian, USA and British soldiers really face every day. Far too much hype and maybe quite a bit of politics behind the Oscars.
Chilling account of the war in Iraq. Some of the scenes were awesome. If anything the movie was a little long.
good. more action needed.
Brilliant. No wonder we lose more to suicide than come home in a coffin. .this film and others like it should be compulsory watching for all our M.P's. Perhaps they wouldn't be in such a hurry to send our young men and women to fight other's wars.
Great acting, keeps you interested.
realistic portrayal of the war front in iraq.
Sad, frustrating, angry, plain hopeless......
The people we are trying to help, are the biggest hindrance.
but very good movie.
Can't share others enthusiasm for this movie. Slow and repetitive, with only occasional highlights.
This film deserved all the accolades it received and more a riveting story based on true happenings edge of the seat tension a must see film
I'm not much of a war movie buff but The Hurt Locker was a suspenseful and entertaining effort filmed in convincing surrounds. Should be a hit even with those who think most war movies are a repetitive waste of space.
This was a really good movie. Very moving. Exciting and suspenceful. The characters are floored and heroic - really well developed!
Good boy movie, got a little repetitive though.
Riveting and gritty. Excellent acting . Definitely worth watching. One of the best I've seen this year.
Thoroughly enjoyed the movie.
This movie has given me an insight into what it must be like to live in a war zone. I now have a new found appreciation for what our soldiers do. Incredibly intense and superbly scripted. I highly recommend this movie.
Now, I thought this film was good. I loved the fact that I didn't know what was going to happen next and it kept me engaged. But in my opinion I don't think it was worthy of an Oscar winning film for Best Picture (thats why I rented it). But in saying that the Direction from Kathryn Bigelow is excellent and their are some really beautiful cinematic moments in the film.
Fantastic!!! Just a shame my dvd kept freezing throughout.
Ok if you like this srt of thing
awesome loved every minute of it
You just have to watch this. OMG
Not really my type of movie...
Great movie even for chicks. Got me in quickly and kept me absorbed from start to end. Even after the movie finished, it kept me thinking. Highly recommended.
Interesting to see what the military/army get up to in those countries and put their lives at risk everyday but not much of a storyline. The film was a bit boring and slow but those who like military sort of movies may like this.
Fantastic throughly enjoyed it
More like The Yawn Locker.....next!!
Action packed, good movie
Fantastic movie...loved it!
This won all those Oscars? It's well-filmed but I didn't think it said anything new or different to all the other war movies. Surprisingly slow. It didn't engage me emotionlly at all.
the USA creates all these problems for themselves and then wants us to sympathise with them when their men become traumatised
Very well done but too painful to watch in entirety - flicked through the last part by using fast forward.
A little bit drawn out ; but effects
Manic army bomb disarmer potentially jeopardises the live's of his comrades. If one ignores some of the more questionable aspects of this film and concentrate on the drama it is quite good. Its depiction of Iraq post invasion is fairly atmospheric.
Much better than I expected. Definitely worth watching
A well made film, but a bit slow for my liking.
enjoyed this film made you think of what it would to be in that situation
i liked the action in this film
The opening sequence is excellent, the lovely
Same as all the other middle east movie
American propaganda at its best....or worst
A very full on war type movie, all a bit too much for me
Long and dull.
I couldn't believe it was still going on so many hours later.
I don't like war movies but this was an exception. What a great piece of direction and without any real 'stars'. I loved it and it really is thought provoking. No wonder it won the Academy Award.
Boring. Typically American military characters. All brawn - No brains.
What an awesome movie....loved it in every way.
Bigelow's films still tend to character studies, but this left me cold
I thoroughly enjoyed it. It deserved its awards. War movies are not my first choice and I wanted to see why this movie won awards against the much hyped film Avatar! I agree with members who said that members who trashed it had missed the point. What a refreshingly different style of film making, depicting and telling the story of daily life as soldiers in bomb disposal units (experts and specialists in their field). The edginess and tension created by the director, camera work and of course the actors, make the viewer feel connected with the experiences these specialist soldiers would encompass in a day, and how they would behave in the "hurt locker" at the end of their day. This film is edgy and rivetting viewing. It comes together on so many levels. We are not told all the facts about the wars in Iraq and Afganistan. Over the centuries wars have changed along with technology. All wars are frightening but not having a clear idea from moment to moment day to day where or who your enemy is and whether this is your last minute alive is fairly hard to comprehend. When some of these men finish their grim tour they also face an incomprehensible return to their lives and families who do not understand what they go through at all. Very thought provoking and even though I am not a war movie enthusiast I will see this movie again.
Why did this win an Oscar?? I found this movie very hard to watch, and the supposed hero an absolute idiot!
Not bad, but still I wonder why it won an Oscar.
I found that I could not leave this until it was finished, and watched it twice. Great movie in my book.
Awesome movie, so close to true to life...Well done!!
Looking forward to the sequel
I watched this because it won over Avatar; Seriously I don't know why? Although it has a lot of special affects to this Movie; but the storyline didn't explain much and he literally was just a boring human being; who liked the thrill of disarming bombs? other than that; It might as well have been a Documentary? I would prefer to watch. Hardly worth comparing to Avatar?!?!?!? Don't Recommend watching this at all.
Good movie, a lot like a slower version of black hawk down for the boys in the bomb squad. Worth watching 6.5/10
Great movie!! Not gruesome and with alot of deaths and gore, like your standard war movie. Brilliant
Disappointing that the bomb disposal guy didn't get blown up at the end. I like things to end with a bang!
This was almost a b grade movie - don't understand why it won such a lot of awards.
Not much of a story. Did this actually win awards? Not sure why
Loved the film. It showed the very sad, horrific life in Bagdad that the poor civilians are still going through.
Great movie which was a bit of an eye opener to what goes on in Iraq. Really enjoyed it and the actors.
An uncomfortable film where you wanted to beat up the lead actor for being such an idiot. Guess he kind of turned around in the end but I didn't enjoy the movie very much - too violent and too close to the mark
Loved this movie! Quite suspenseful at times and the camera work was excellent.
Watched it my my 14 year old son. He's into warfare gaming big time (mostly C.O.D.) He was excited to see that I had organised The Hurt Locker thru Quickflix.
Organised the popcorn and turned the cinema sound up to get emersed into this gripping portrail of life as an IED expert in an unforgiving mortality based environment.
Afterwards we spoke at length about the movie and I was suprised by how much he had taken in. We also enjoyed the DVD extra's. My son thought it was cool how the movie arrived in my letter box...and so did I. Thanks Quickflix.
While watching it I was a bit edgy wondering when the next bomb would blow up. The ending was a bit weird.
Excellent execution, a very well made movie. Might not be realistic, but as a film, it was close to perfect.
This movie is awesome awesome awesome!!!
A perfect lesson on why foreign soldiers should not be in Iraq. Do politicians ever see movies like this? The film well captures the randomness, confusion and capriciousness of war, but that in itself does not make for a good movie experience. The random events in search of a story become tiring, even boring.
This movie was very full on for me, I am not usually into story lines that involve war but I can say I didnt mind this one at all.
I was glad I am one of the hearing impaired, as there were no subtitles, and I think I may have preferred not to hear what was said. The noise was horrific, so, if this is true (and I think it is) no wonder soldiers come home stupid. Why don't the instigators fight instead?
I chose this film as I'd heard good reviews, but it is definitely not my type of movie. Too violent and realistic perhaps.
finally an oscar winning movie that actually deserved to win. probably too realistic for a lot of people, if you like Eat Pray Love you'll hate this. 5 stars
I can't believe this won best picture?? One of those movies you watch and think - well, what was the point of that. . . . .
I expect this is a reasonable portrayal of life for some U.S. soldiers in modern warfare. I was tempted to quit the movie after 15 minutes as it seemed slow, but by the end it had made some pertinent comments on the motivations of soldiers as to why one would choose to be a soldier.
Brilliant movie! My hubby loved it!
HI, This move was very good, I would give it top markes
Constant tension throughout, never quite knowing who, or when someone was going to die or be injured. I can't imagine the tension felt in the real life situations.
Was good to see a different take on a war zone however the point was made early on so I found it a little long.
The film was half over before any semblance of plot or character establishedment kicked in, and then it was pretty shallow. A mixture of Yankee breast beating and soul searching; totally unconvincing and BORING! Did this film really win an Academy Award???
Good to see America having a tough time of saving the world, and shooting their own men too. Some interesting individual stories.
After reading a mixed bag of reviews,I feel almost embarrased to say I Liked it! I thought it was quite tense,& realistic,not that I've been on a bomb squad. What is a Hurt Locker?
I don't know how much this film was dramatized. If the war there is half as bad it must wreck the nerves of all living and fighting there except one soldier. A very dramatic film.
Very well crafted film, quite tense throughout, but a little long.
Boring, typical american war film tripe!!!!! Dull.
Not a fan of war films but wanted to see what all the hype was about. Certainly a raw insight into what our soldiers experience and it makes you stop and think about the sad and needless loss of life. Having said that, it wasn't as compelling and emotional as I had expected but still glad that I watched it.
i was expecting something special but found it fairly boring. nothing new.
NOW this was just a GREAT movie about what goes on in todays war and the stress they go through this was true to life about troops in war
I don't really like war movies, guns or things being blown up, but I really enjoyed this movie. The story line was good, the acting was good and there were some interesting camera angles. Definitely deserved all the awards it won.
Not a bad movie, good pace and worth the time of viewing! 3.5 stars
This movie is an experience.
Tense, raw and never loosens its grip. No heroes to die for, just gritty daily hell in Iraq
A war film with intelligence - now there's an oxymoron. A man who is born to be a soldier is dysfunctional and dangerous, but you'd want him beside you in war.
I don't like war movies, but this one is exceptional.
Didn't think it lived up to what I'd heard about it. Quite well done but perhaps a bit predictable - starting to become a 'genre'. Acting ok but not outstanding.
very good movie, you need to totally switch everything else off while watching
This is one of the most compelling films I've ever seen. I saw it at the cinema more than 12 months ago and I can still remember so much of it. It is a real war film, not some cheesy genre piece like Green Zone. I can't recommend it highly enough.
I just didn't see the point in this movie. But maybe that's deliberate - that this war has no point? The main character was just plain annoying and the story didn't seem to lead anywhere. I even watched it twice to try to look a bit deeper but it didn't make any difference. It's OK as a snapshot of the war but it didn't resonate with me.
Terrific viewing, riveting performances!
Terrific. A slightly different take on what it must be like in war.
Not your typical "blockbuster" action movie. This movie successfully portrays the real-life situations that soldiers face in Iraq. It doesn't have your typical timeline of an action movie either where there is a 15 minute car chase or war scence in the dying minutes and then the good guys win. The Hurt Locker seems to stay on one level for most of this movie, but still seems to draw in the viewer. Great movie which definitely opens your eyes to the realities of war!
WOW!! What can I say? This was an excellent movie, and really shows what our soldiers may be encountering on a daily basis.. Kept me on the edge of my seat and I loved every moment.
Fast, action packed and very tense - a good movie to watch on your own in a dark room.
The mood of this movie is one of discomfort and edginess. There is little overall structure and you don't know what is going to happen next. Also you don't know who the enemy is or what they look like. The characters themselves struggle to make sense of it all. The viewer never gets the chance to relax. This is exactly what the director is trying to convey because this is what it's like in modern day warfare in Iraq.
The exposure to constant danger affects the characters and they react in different ways. However, the maverick sergeant who breaks the rules would not last two seconds in a real army, but don't let that dilute your enjoyment of this movie.
The strength of this film is in it's visuals and it's sound. It gives you some inkling of what it must be like to be a part of a bomb disposal team. The whole film is very tense. The problems I had with it were Jeremy Renner. I felt he was miscast. I also didn't think much of the lame script. Overall pretty good though. Not sure it was better than Avatar though.
Boring - the end was sooooooooo poxy!!!!!1
Average war flick. GungHo Americans putting their lives on the line needlessly for reasons known only to themselves. Would any sane person sign up for one rotation, let alone a second ? You have the robot, why not use it ? Why go chasing baddies down dark lanes if you didn't have to ? Tale of courage ? Not for me. Stupidity yes.
Terribly disappointing. One of those movies whose shorts turned out to be the best bits...
For a movie that was held in such high praise by its makers peers I was a little disappointed at the result. Worth a look but nothing to rave about. Now Top Secret......there is a good war movie.
good - but not as good as you think - cross between black hawk down
As interesting and at times suspenseful as this movie is, it really has no plot or storyline. Its "just a bunch of stuff that happens". Try to enjoy the ride without expecting a great ending.
Great movie,well acted and directed,explosive action scenes,well worth watching
This movie is definitely lacking something...oh, PLOT. That's it.
No development of any character, and only a related set of bomb-diffusing events to hold the movie together. Extremely lame. Have to admit that the bombs do go off to great effect.
Brilliant. Watch this film. I liked Avatar, however have no doubt this film was a far more worthy recipient of the Best Film Oscar it received in 2010.
Beautiful movie. Highly recommended. You end up asking understanding men of war.
This MOvie is a JOKE! wHO gave the job of creating war in the world in the name of peace and order and gave the task to the Americans! R u kidding me? The Oscar to this movie just shows us how corrupt and disgusting the USA is and how they believe that their way of living should be for the rest of the world? Who are they to believe and brain wash us on this? ThEIR SUFFERING FOR PEACE! THEIR SUFFERING IS TO MAKE MONEY IS THEIR BUSINESS. Suffering is found in each and everyplace they touch! Facts are there to see. The rest of the world and other countries suffer thanks to their actions. The world would be best without them. Pls dont help the world we dont need their help. Keep it to themselves. American Nationalism, prejudice and brainwash. Americans need a mirror to themselves. Their civilization is coming to their end. Just like the Romans, they abuse everything! Universal law all has an end. If you believe the Americans are the police of the World you will enjoy this movie. If you believe and research and know enough to clearly see that the rest of the world suffers more with their intervention and that a lot of people more than the soldiers that die in their wars created with lies dies due to their actions you will hate this movie. Whoever to believes and pity and has compassion for this Violence and supports US ARMY has to question their own values. Deeply dissapointed on this movie. SAdly to see the american same record of "poor us, we suffer to keep you safe" Lies they create wars because is their business, thats how that country has grown by killing and stealing others their things and make the world believe they have the right to kill in the name of God, but others cant as they are the good ones! HOW SICK THEY ARE! DISGUSTED!
Great Movie, had me on the edge of my seat!
They forgot two things when they made this movie.
1) A story line.
2) A tripod for their camera.
Great movie, fulll of suspence. could not take my eyes away from the screen. Tiny bit dissapointing how it ended.
Now this was a great movie, terrific story, action well played, loved it could watch it again.
A must see for those whom love action and a story that can touch your heart.
Considering the duration of the movie and not being a fan of Army, Soldier flicks, I was heaps surprised seeing myself enjoying The Hurt Locker. I understand why it got some academy awards.
The actors are excellent and the tension is gripping. An excellent movie with the type of realistic feel to it. MUST SEE!
Love it...... Very well made.... Not quite a Five star but very good four star movie....
Don't waste your time. Cocky, tough men attempting to dissarm bombs in the war zone...sometimes they succeed (so let's have a drink to celebrate)...sometimes they don't (so let's have a drink to commiserate).... that's IT. I'd have given it a 0 but I needed to give it something after sitting through 2hrs of American egotistical S@#$T. How on earth did this win the award over Avitar??? Which was a beautiful fantasy movie... till (once again) the military began blowing everything up.
Very good story line, gives a good inside what allied troops face in Iraq.
Fantistic movie!! defintaly understand why it won all thdose oscars!!
Set piece after set piece of tension filled build up and action. Just superb. I can't believe this film was made on a shoestring budget, it sure doesn't show. Having seen Avatar in 3D on the IMAX screen, I am still happy to say that The Hurt Locker was a worthy best picture winner. Amazingly real, well crafted and acted. Don't miss. Oh, and Mark N - you say that there is nothing fascinating about defusing bombs in a war zone. Are you fair dinkum? Love to know what job is fascinating...
As usual, the oscars is all political. I found this to a glorified war movie (another one!) with one set piece after another (albeit they were well done). There is/was never anything facinating about bomb defusing, even if it's in a war zone.
Never are the characters intensions fully known, we are just led from one defusal to another and it's all marviously glorified, as only hollywood can serve up.
It's all well made and the acting is good, so you don't have to worry about that. However, there are much better movies out there that don't glorify death
I'm guessing I must have missed something as I found this very very boring. There are many movies of this genre that are more exciting.
A superb, thought provoking film and one of the best I have seen in years. Wonderful acting and storyline and incredibly well directed. I am glad that the subject of this film is about the men of EOD as so many films of this genre cover just the line regiments. EOD have an unenvious task of dealing day to day with unexploded ordinance, IED's and suicide bombers. They are some of the unsung heroes of wars.
I recommend this film to anyone who is interested in what our brave servicemen and women have to contend with when our respective governments send them to war.
My top score 11/10.