|Title:||The Hurt Locker|
|04.30.10||Netflix|| Oooh it's so hot in here and i'm at war so it sucks. What a HURT LOCKER, eh?|
So I liked this movie. I guess it's just a thing that i'll have to get used to... having every good movie and even most of the mediocre ones hyped up for me for at least 6 months before I get around to watch them... it's hard to get excited about these movies that have already been talked to death.
But i still liked it. I thought Jeremy Renner did a great job (although to be honest I would've loved to see more Guy Pearce). I'm impressed that there were so many set pieces though. Like, a normal movie might have one in the beginning, one at the end, and one or two in the middle. This felt like there were 14 (there were probably actually only 7 or so but still.. a ton) times where the whole movie seemed to focus down to one specific thing for a while. I really liked that. aside from giving us a sense of really living with these guys, it also kept the film moving because i was looking forward to whatever next fucked up situation these guys would find themselves.
Also, i had a co-worker who was a big gun nut and always complained that sniping in video games and most movies were still only like a hundred yards and that these guns could shoot like a mile or two away. This movie had a sniper scene that - to me - felt extremely authentic. We see these guys with flies in their eyes and dust up their nose and get that conditions are hard, but what really impressed me was when they went to the scope POV to show what he's aiming at, it's all distorted from heat waves to the point where it's just kind of out-of-focus shapes. It's still probably more clear than the reality but just that it was harder to make out than every other movie with a scope shot impressed me.
so yeah, good movie. duh!