The Hurt Locker

The Hurt LockerIs “The Hurt Locker” an action war film? For me the answer is “NO”. It is surely not an out an out adrenaline action film. In simple words, “The Hurt Locker” is a story of a soldier working for US Army in Iraq and doing his job. Of course, Hurt Locker shows life of soldiers posted in Iraq. However, film is not about just war and it is about treating soldier’s work as a routine job. The Hurt Locker follows protagonist “William James”. William James is a member of “United States Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)”. He is a veteran when it comes to disposing the bombs and it has been shown that he has disarmed 873 bombs. The job of disarming bombs has become so mundane, routine for him that every time he goes to do his job he tries to do it differently and tries to enjoy what he is doing.  Hence, when he goes to disarm a bomb in a car trunk, fearlessly he kicks the trunk to open it. Then he takes off his protective suit and says “If I’m going to die, I’m going to die comfortable.” For William James this activity has become like a clerk working in a bank. Nothing new, nothing exciting. His job has become too mechanical. He has lost fear for death. William has surpassed the saturation in his life. He feels nothing about his job. It’s like he just wakes up in the morning and go to his work. In the climax William is talking to his son and telling him about how things from childhood doesn’t matter when we grow up and rather we feel about just a thing or two and then William returns back to Iraq to join Delta company.  In this last moment director Kathryn Bigelow summarizes the whole story beautifully in just one shot. William walking and close-up of his feet has been shown and then in next frame the close changes to his feet but this time with boots from protective suit on. Next shot comes a wide-top angle of William in protective suit walking down the lane and text comes as “Days left in Delta Company’s Rotation : 365”. Another year, same job. Thats it.

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