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Went and saw The Hurt Locker yesterday. For those who don't know its about EOD (Explosive Ordinance Disposal) specialists in Iraq.

 

Without spoiling for anyone just want to say its one of the better films I've seen in a long time. Anyone else on here seen it yet?

 

Only thing I don't understand is why its had such a limited release in cinemas - in Adelaide it seems its only being shown at Palace Nova and Marion Megaplex.

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AMAZING MOVIE!

 

Seen it a few times!

 

Mind you its been out in the US for 12 months so i just watched it at home.

 

Cant wait to see how things does at the Oscars!

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I actually thought it was pretty boring.

 

wasn't really in the mood for it though, caught me off guard what sort of movie it was

 

 

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Just got back from seeing it,

Was an awesome movie, I will put it down as one of the best movies in the last few years, definitely needs to beat Avatar at the Oscars.

Lets just hope Nicolas Chartier hasn't ruined there chances.

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Smashed it at the Oscars! Best picture, best director etc etc

 

Cameron would be PISSED

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I know I was so glad,

I honestly thought TNBT phenomenon would take over.

 

Heres What it won,

Writing (Original Screenplay)

Sound Mixing

Sound Editing

Film Editing

Directing

Best Picture

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i got this movie on dvd and i fell asleep while watching it

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Ordered it on bluray from amazon UK the other day, looking forward to watching it! Glad it spanked Avatar though, Avatar was ok, but all the drones just jumped on the bandwagon.

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I saw this a while ago. Didn't think much of it before hand and thought it was just gonna be a time killer. My younger bros and I were glued to it and were really suprised.

 

Just don't expect too much from it. Cost $7 million to make and took 14 million.

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i got this movie on dvd and i fell asleep while watching it

I'll have to second that.

 

I watched it in gold class, and if it weren't for my comfy seat, i would have walked out halfway throug the movie.

 

I really was surpised at how shit it was, i was expecting a crapload more considering it smashed Avatar at the Oscars.

I realise now why it won all the awards tho, if the Iraq war never actually happened, America would not have given 2 shits about this movie and it would have bombed (excuse the pun). The patriotism of the movie is the only thing that supported it i think, and not being an American myself, it was completely wasted on me.

 

Honestly, i have never watched a movie before that has had me repeating the same thoughts of "get to the f'king point!" "what was the point of that? they went nowhere with it!" "what the hell has this got to do with anything??".

 

It was more like a collection of amatuer short films than a single movie. 60% of the movie could have been removed and it would have had no effect on the overall story. It made me feel like i was being told a story by an 8 year old with ADD "and then this happened, then this, oh oh and then i did this, and this happened also...".

 

WTF was the point of the sniper scene? It served not purpose at all.

WTF was the point of putting so much focus on the shrapnel scars? They never mentioned it again.

WTF was the point of that officer coming and giving an interview to the dude after disarming the car? that went nowhere.

Why did they bother showing this guy conducting a brief and pointless investigation into the death of that kid? He abandoned it as suddenly as he started.

Why did they bother talking about those bits and pieces under his bed? That was never mentioned again.

 

Most of the most dramatic bits were totally un-realistic. If a bomb disposal specialist was that wreckless in the army, he would have been stood down quick smart for endangering the lives of those around him.

Why the hell did a bomb disposal crew go out to rescue some brits with a flat tyre? Where the hell was their backup?

 

Overall, it just seemed like the director wanted to sqeeze a tonne of content into a war movie, poorly disguised as a story about bomb disposal experts (that just happen to also enjoy urban combat and the occasional sniper battle).

The movie only went for 2.5 hours, but it felt like at least 3. Any originality this movie supposedly has is useless if you cannot deliver it. The end product was as boring as bat shit and time wasting, not entertaining. Bag Avatar all you like, sure the story was typical, but it did what a movie was meant to do, ENTERTAIN you!

I'm glad it only cost me $25 in tickets because i had a $55 voucher, but that doesn't change the fact that i wasted my Friday evening on this tripe.

 

I was no more entertained than i would have been at home watching whatever is available on TV, only difference is, at home i could go to sleep and not feel like i wasted my money.

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Wow, ohk,

I'm sure its going to seem like I'm backing this up but anyways, I think you may have missed or better yet, did not understand 60% of the movie.

It was good to see a movie that wasn't clear cut, since when does anything go to plan in life, All these new directors need to get their head out of the arse and start realising this!

 

I'm getting so sick of movies that go "Group A needs something from Group B, They fight, Group A sends person to infiltrate Group B, something happens and person teams up with Group B and defeats Group A.

The 3 top nominees for the Oscar was The Hurt Locker, Avatar and District 9.

Avatar and District 9 had the same storyline just like 80% of the movies today.

 

If you saw the movie as an EOD unit in Iraq you vastly missed the point, It could have been a cleaner in London and the story could have stayed the same, sure it would be a bit weird for a cleaner to have a sniper but you get the point,

It was a story of a man who needed that thrill to survive, He cant sit there at a desk waiting to go home to his son, He loved what he did and he didn't care who thought differently. It was a very deep emotional film, and if you got caught up in all the explosions then you missed a very well done film.

 

I'm going to say you weren't in the mood that night or you are a huge Avatar fan, either way your opinions are yours and I respect that, but it was a better movie than Avatar.

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You can tell a story about a guy in the army who needs a rush to be happy in a million better ways than that.

Furthermore, if you are going to tell such a story, try to add a bit of realism to it. Some of the events that took place in this movie were pure fiction.

 

And where exactly in the story of a man who needs adrenaline do you need to spend 5 minutes of screen time watching men drink juice out of ration packs?

 

Does this guy have ADD too? Is that why the story switched back and forth between un-finished plots?

 

I was neither out of the mood or an avid Avatar fan, i had high hopes for this movie, and it just pissed me off to watch it. I would expect this kind of nonsense from Tarentino, not a serious movie like this one.

 

It's fine to try and do something differently, but the trouble is they didn't 'do' anything with this movie, it was a mix of un-finished and un-related stories. The movie was one long flat spot, with a few excessively drawn out bits of tension, followed by short, highly predictable and underwehlming action.

The bit where they got into the hum vee and the bomb went off was so predictable i could have given it a countdown ffs.

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Ohk then we will just have to agree to disagree,

Just thought it was a good change.

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I agree with Chappy. It had a lot of potential in the way it was done, but there were things in it which made no sense whatsoever, and at the end of it I felt like something was missing entirely. Like it finished without achieving anything. The movie as a whole felt very broken up and disjointed.

 

There was no character development I could understand to tell us why exactly he took the unnecessary risks he did, and as soon as it looked like he might be about to reveal all as they're in yhr Humvee having a D&M, it cut off at him saying nothing.

 

Also add to that the apparent lack of repercussions for breaking procedure on his first disposal, leaving base to go on some sort of murderer finding mission which made zero sense and eventuated in nothing, going off and endangering his team to find supposed bombers in the darkness, etc etc. It all becomes a bit far fetched.

 

 

As far as the oscars go, I'm by no means an Avatar lover, but it was ground breaking stuff as far as film making goes. No matter what the result of the oscars, it won best picture when people voted with their wallets at the box office. I can understand why it did win though, and I'd have to say that giving the war in Iraq a good rap in true patriotic style went a long way.

 

What I don't understand though is how it beat out Avatar for editing and sound. I thought both elements were rather lacking in Hurt Locker, but oh well.

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WTF was the point of the sniper scene? It served not purpose at all.

This section was made to focus on the young kid, and how he was shitting himself. It was set up to be a contradiction point to the main character.

 

 

WTF was the point of putting so much focus on the shrapnel scars? They never mentioned it again.

Permanent reminders of the dangers that he faces. Its a base for the fact that "He isnt invincible!". This adds elements of self realisation

 

 

WTF was the point of that officer coming and giving an interview to the dude after disarming the car? that went nowhere.

This was in relation to the fact that his own need for 'thrill' can put OTHERS in danger. Self reflection ensues.

 

 

 

Why did they bother showing this guy conducting a brief and pointless investigation into the death of that kid? He abandoned it as suddenly as he started.

Hails back to his own child. Its a reference point. They can hardly have his OWN son in Iraq now......

 

 

Why did they bother talking about those bits and pieces under his bed? That was never mentioned again.

This is to reflect how he is 'Different' from his peers. Slightly unhinged... insight into his psyce

 

This is just my opinion, the spelling is horrible. Im hung over...

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thought this movie was pretty good not wat i was expecting but kept me interested for the whole time

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i got this movie on dvd and i fell asleep while watching it

I'll have to second that.

 

I watched it in gold class, and if it weren't for my comfy seat, i would have walked out halfway throug the movie.

 

I really was surpised at how shit it was, i was expecting a crapload more considering it smashed Avatar at the Oscars.

I realise now why it won all the awards tho, if the Iraq war never actually happened, America would not have given 2 shits about this movie and it would have bombed (excuse the pun). The patriotism of the movie is the only thing that supported it i think, and not being an American myself, it was completely wasted on me.

 

Honestly, i have never watched a movie before that has had me repeating the same thoughts of "get to the f'king point!" "what was the point of that? they went nowhere with it!" "what the hell has this got to do with anything??".

 

It was more like a collection of amatuer short films than a single movie. 60% of the movie could have been removed and it would have had no effect on the overall story. It made me feel like i was being told a story by an 8 year old with ADD "and then this happened, then this, oh oh and then i did this, and this happened also...".

 

WTF was the point of the sniper scene? It served not purpose at all.

WTF was the point of putting so much focus on the shrapnel scars? They never mentioned it again.

WTF was the point of that officer coming and giving an interview to the dude after disarming the car? that went nowhere.

Why did they bother showing this guy conducting a brief and pointless investigation into the death of that kid? He abandoned it as suddenly as he started.

Why did they bother talking about those bits and pieces under his bed? That was never mentioned again.

 

Most of the most dramatic bits were totally un-realistic. If a bomb disposal specialist was that wreckless in the army, he would have been stood down quick smart for endangering the lives of those around him.

Why the hell did a bomb disposal crew go out to rescue some brits with a flat tyre? Where the hell was their backup?

 

Overall, it just seemed like the director wanted to sqeeze a tonne of content into a war movie, poorly disguised as a story about bomb disposal experts (that just happen to also enjoy urban combat and the occasional sniper battle).

The movie only went for 2.5 hours, but it felt like at least 3. Any originality this movie supposedly has is useless if you cannot deliver it. The end product was as boring as bat shit and time wasting, not entertaining. Bag Avatar all you like, sure the story was typical, but it did what a movie was meant to do, ENTERTAIN you!

I'm glad it only cost me $25 in tickets because i had a $55 voucher, but that doesn't change the fact that i wasted my Friday evening on this tripe.

 

I was no more entertained than i would have been at home watching whatever is available on TV, only difference is, at home i could go to sleep and not feel like i wasted my money.

 

I agree with you in that the sniper scene didn't really fit with the rest of the film, but as for the comment about it riding on the patriotism of Americans, I really have to disagree with you there.

 

In the case of films like Black Hawk Down, yeah you have a point there, but this whole film is essentially about an unhinged anti-hero, stupidly putting himself and team at unnecessary risk for the purpose of reaching a thrill that xtreme sports no longer gives him (couldn't help throwing that on there) - I really don't think patriotism had anything to do with the film.

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I finally agree on something chappy said...:o

 

Movie was crap. If it was any other genre of film with it's lack of story line, it wouldn't have got any reception at all. The small bits of action were all that kept it going.

 

I haven't even watched the end of it, gave up, movie went no where. Started out good, and suspenseful but nothing developed in it.

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WTF was the point of the sniper scene? It served not purpose at all.

This section was made to focus on the young kid, and how he was shitting himself. It was set up to be a contradiction point to the main character.

This is fair enough, but you have to admit it was a pretty poorly set up scene. It was far too disconnected from the main story line to make any real sense. They are bomb disposal experts, not snipers. There are plenty of other ways to tell the story about the kid freaking out, and there really was no reason to focus on 5 minutes worth of screen time watching them all drink juice ffs. It was so boring i nearly fell asleep.

 

 

WTF was the point of putting so much focus on the shrapnel scars? They never mentioned it again.

Permanent reminders of the dangers that he faces. Its a base for the fact that "He isnt invincible!". This adds elements of self realisation

Again, there are much better ways to show this, and i figured the audience got the gist that he isn't invincible by the other risky situations in the movie.

 

 

WTF was the point of that officer coming and giving an interview to the dude after disarming the car? that went nowhere.

This was in relation to the fact that his own need for 'thrill' can put OTHERS in danger. Self reflection ensues.

I can't say i can really see that, it was all congratulations, i can't feally understand how you made that conclusion.

 

 

Why did they bother showing this guy conducting a brief and pointless investigation into the death of that kid? He abandoned it as suddenly as he started.

Hails back to his own child. Its a reference point. They can hardly have his OWN son in Iraq now......

Did they really need to make him travel out into the middle of the town and break into somebodys house only to be screamed out of the house by a crazy woman just to get that point across?

And why bother making that point anyway?

 

Why did they bother talking about those bits and pieces under his bed? That was never mentioned again.

This is to reflect how he is 'Different' from his peers. Slightly unhinged... insight into his psyce

That's fair enough, but theyr certainly could have done more with it to make it a little clearer.

 

The more i think about this movie, the more it looks like it was made as a high school art project rather than a hollywood movie. The fact that it won any Oscars just speaks volumes about the calibre of the people doing the voting.

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to those that liked this movie, look for "Battle For Haditha" in video stores. its pretty heavy tho

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