Forced to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in the chaos of war, an elite Army bomb squad unit must come together in a city where everyone is a potential enemy and every object could be a deadly bomb. Kathryn Bigelow earns an Academy Award for best director, ushering the film to its best picture status.
Bigelow directs a non-stop intense look into the lives of three soldiers, played by Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie and Brian Geraghty.
Rating: 8 out of 10
Through the eyes of Staff Sergeant William James (Renner) we see a world where he who forgot to be scared. Or perhaps fear was driven out of him as chaos became the norm. As a bomb technician, given the duty of disarming the improvised explosive devices that have killed many American soldiers, Staff Sergeant James is in a downward spiral of being a reckless thrill-seeker. He is always chasing the high that comes with his job, no matter the cost. But the caveat is this — he is brilliant at his job, despite the fact that he risks the lives of his fellow soldiers.
Renner is supported by Anthony Mackie, who had the best performance in the film as Sergeant JT Sanborn, a no-nonsense, by-the-book soldier whose has his world rattled when Staff Sergeant James endangers it.
Bigelow directs a film that is bold and daring because it rarely takes its foot off the pedal. The film puts you in the life of a soldier in some of the worst conditions human beings should endure.
Rating: 7 out of 10
What goes through the minds of those that have to perform the most difficult of jobs in Iraq by diffusing explosives? Kathryn Bigelow answers that question with her own unique vision. The angle taken in this film, that some soldiers live for the excitement of facing life and death, is a terrific idea. Instead of being given the usual hesitant men who don’t want to be there in the first place, we have true adrenaline junkies that live for the moment. This film contains some of the best action scenes in recent memory. Now, best picture material? I have to disagree. In fact, I was quite surprised by the Oscar attention it received. While it is a great contribution to the war/action genre, it really does little to stand out in terms of character and story.