A few weeks ago I rented "The Hurt Locker," which has been nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.
There are many conflicting opinions out there about this film, but personally I found it to be a realistic, poignant and entertaining story about a bomb disposal unit in Iraq. Maybe I had an advantage in that I watched it with my husband, Morgan, an Army captain who served a year in Afghanistan pretty recently.
Last night, my suspicions about this movie were confirmed at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards, where it won in six of the eight categories it was nominated including best picture, director and original screenplay, according to the Los Angeles Times.
My husband attested to how realistic this film was. He also took the time to explain to me things that I didn't initially understand, such as how a terrorist can set off an explosive with a cell phone and just how powerful the concussive force of an improvised explosive device (IED) blast really is. Morgan also had the opportunity to tell me more about his experiences while deployed, something he had declined to talk about until we were watching this movie together. It gave me a whole new perspective on the constant and intense stress he and other soldiers are under during a deployment.
Another thing that impressed me about "The Hurt Locker" was the acting. I thought Jeremy Renner, who played lead protagonist Sgt. First Class William James, did an excellent job. I'm glad he was recognized with a Best Actor nomination. Anthony Mackie, Sgt. JT Sanborn, was also outstanding. That monologue he delivers at the end was incredible. See it and you'll see what I'm talking about.
Do I think "The Hurt Locker" is going to beat out "Precious" or "The Blind Side" to take the Best Picture category? Do you think director Kathryn Bigelow has a chance against James Cameron, Jason Reitman or Quentin Tarantino?
Also, did everyone else know that Kathryn Bigelow and James Cameron used to be married?