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Yet again, I have slipped up by not writing about this film as soon as I saw it. I make notes while I am watching these films, but sometimes they don’t make sense to me weeks after I have written them!
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. (via IMDb)
What I Liked
- I enjoyed the opening five minutes, with Guy Pearce’s character trying to disarm the bomb. I didn’t realise that Guy Pearce was in the film, and after I realised he was about to die, I realised that this was why; he doesn’t survive very long! I enjoyed it because it was suitably tense and managed to set the scene for the rest of the film very well.
- Throughout the whole film, you feel anxious and slightly on edge. Obviously it’s nothing compared to what these people actually go through on a daily basis, but the fact that it doesn’t really let up for one minute does allow you to put yourself in their shoes to a certain extent.
- I like Jeremy Renner, he’s very attractive, and he does a great job starring in this film. Sergeant James is an anti-hero of sorts; sure he’s the guy that takes off his protective suit in order to be able to disarm the bomb. But he’s also the guy whose teammates consider killing, or letting be blown up, because they can’t stand his bravado and risk-taking. I like an anti-hero, they make a film much more interesting.
- Watching this film, there’s no doubt for a single minute that Kathryn Bigelow deserved her Best Director Academy Award. You feel as though you are in the action at all times, with the handheld cameras doing their job perfectly.
- There’s a scene where there is a standoff between the team and a group of insurgents, and it feels like it goes on forever, but not to its detriment. Again, you feel as though you are there with them, waiting this thing out.
- Ralph Fiennes pops up, for the briefest of moments, and its so nice to hear his voice. I have nothing against the American accent, of course, but the lovely voice of Fiennes does bring a welcome distraction.
- Evangeline Lily also appears rather briefly, as Sergeant James’ wife. As with Fiennes’ British accent, it felt like rather a novelty when a female voice is heard for the first time in the whole film!
- Despite being a film about the war in Iraq, the film does not take on a preachy tone, which is fairly unusual. There is no discussion of whether or not its right that the Americans should be there, there is just a man, Sergeant James, doing his job, and seemingly enjoying it. He tries to leave it and return to a civilian life, but is unable to.
What I Didn’t Like
- It started to hold my attention a little less easily in the middle of the film, but that is probably due to my attention levels rather than anything else. It’s very hard to find anything bad to say about this film!