The Hurt Locker

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Screenwriter Mark Boal and director/producer Kathryn Bigelow discuss "The Hurt Locker," a suspenseful portrait of the military’s bomb squad technicians. This heart-pounding look at the effects of combat and danger on the human psyche is based on the first-hand observations of Mark Boal, who was embedded with a special bomb unit in Iraq. "The Hurt Locker" is playing in New York at Landmark Sunshine and AMC Lincoln Square.


Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal

Comments [6]

Sandra from Astoria, Queens

James from Brooklyn, I totally agree. Funny how all the other Iraq War dramas have been commercial flops but this one seems poised to do well. Seems an apathetic, entertainment-saturated American society wants to see a war that has killed thousands of people stripped of inconvenient moral issues and turned into an action movie or video game.

Jul. 01 2009 12:37 PM
james from brooklyn

i wonder if your guests could speak about the theory of war movies being innate glorify-ers of violence. of course there are several exceptions, but based on the previews (which can certainly be misleading) it seems as though the hurtlocker is a sleek, stylishly action film, posing as a gritty, naturalistic, 'politically neutral' piece of dramatic reporting.

the use of flashy cinematography and suspenseful editing does seem to lend itself to the glamorizing of combat. maybe not as blatant as a war themed video game, but still manipulative.

Jul. 01 2009 12:31 PM
Eileen from lower east side

I loved the film.
What does the title mean?

Jul. 01 2009 12:25 PM
Joe from Brooklyn

Iraq War Films since '03. (via wikipedia)

* The Tiger and the Snow (2005)
* American Soldiers (2005)
* Valley of the Wolves Iraq (2006)
* Home of the Brave (2006)
* In the Valley of Elah (2007)
* Redacted (2007)
* Grace Is Gone (2007)
* Battle For Haditha (2007)
* The Four Horsemen (2007)
* Stop Loss (2008)
* Time Bomb (2008)
* The Hurt Locker (2008)
* Body of Lies (2008)
* Green Zone (2009)
* No True Glory: Battle for Fallujah (2010)

The below link will get you to a wiki list with all films from a plethora of wars.

Jul. 01 2009 12:22 PM
Steve S from Staten Island

From filming the movie and researching the topic, do these men have "death wishes" or are they simply inured to the concept of bomb diffusing?

Jul. 01 2009 12:14 PM
George from Bay Ridge

The movie is set in 2004 and the trailer shows the men wearing Army Combat Uniforms (ACU) which were introduced in 2005. Is this an accident?

Jul. 01 2009 11:35 AM

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