Apr 2, 2010
THE HURT LOCKER (2008)
I think hand-held camera has become a modern technique in today's cinema. Thiz movie utilizes a lot of those shaky-camera techniques. The cinematography is displayed with no specific tone and color. What we are about to see is precisely like what we are going to see through our naked eyes. I realize that they may just want to capture things as realistic as they could. But is that effective? Personally for me, I don’t like it at all. The conventional moviemakers have been trying to brush their pictures into some kind of atmosphere. There is art there. If we let everybody treats all movies like thiz movie. I think anyone can make a movie as long as they have their expensive digital camera. The movie is played by the second class Actors which the most proportions go to the two main characters, Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie. Nothing is special on their performances. The other Cast members are Brian Geraghthy, Guy Pearce, Ralph Fiennes, David Morse and many more. The story itself doesn’t contain main plot. The only thing that I appreciate in thiz movie is how they make the action scenes. Most war movies rely on big battle scenes with “Big Boom Bang”, exactly what we have seen in “Saving Private Ryan” (1998) and “Black Hawk Down” (2001). But thiz movie uses what I called “The Horror Formula”. The scenes try to create the tension by putting nice built waiting moments into its action scenes. Some scenes successfully pace our adrenaline. The movie is directed by Kathryn Bigelow who previously directed “Point Break” (1991) and “K-19: The Widowmaker” (2002). In overall, it is not a great warfare movie ever made, if we compare to the legendary war movies like “Apocalypse Now” (1979) or “Full Metal Jacket” (1987). But I have to say that I fully support woman Directors to direct thiz kind of genre.
Stars : 6/10
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"The rush of battle is often a potent and lethal addiction, for war is a drug."