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JANUARY 23, 2010   

The Hurt Locker

Explosion scene from The Hurt LockerAfter seeing the trailer and then noticing The Hurt Locker on most critics' Ten Best lists, I decided it was time to watch it.

Even though I'm not a fan of action/war movies, this is one worth seeing. It's not about violence and gore, for the most part.

Sure there are explosions, gunfire, blood and mayhem, but it's really the story of three American bomb-disposal experts trying to survive the last 39 days of their deployment.

One violent episode that I found disturbing takes place in their barracks amidst laughter and drinking. Life in a war zone isn't good for the human psyche. On the other hand, the courage and willingness to sacrifice reflected in the film are staggering. People really do these things.

I figure that a movie is good if you're still thinking about it the next day, and I still am. I was complaining to Joanne about the seeming randomness of what happened in the film: firefights in the middle of the desert, crazy generals treating the main character like a rock start, and a late night visit to an Iraqi family's home. Her observation: maybe that's the point. Maybe war is a collection of random events, any of which can kill you.

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