ByLou, writer at

We are extremely passionate about remembering the brave men and women who fought for our country. We have many marches (parades) and memorial services every year. We Australians, although seemingly laid back at times, are extremely patriotic citizens. And it's no different over here in the U.S. One of my family traditions was to watch a movie or a documentary on these days of remembrance and this year, I want to suggest to you a masterpiece that all will enjoy.

It Hurts

These soldiers literally hold their own lives.
These soldiers literally hold their own lives.

The Hurt Locker was released in 2008 and received 6 Oscars, with star Jeremy Renner being nominated for best leading Actor. The movie opens with Guy Pearce looking for a bomb that has been hidden somewhere in an Iraqi village. The scene has been created with great intensity and the result is a scene that will leave you on the edge of your seat.

Jeremy Renner's character, Sgt. William James, replaces Pearce's short-lived character and becomes the new leader of Anthony Mackie's Bomb Squad team. But it is a simple transition. Little do we know that James has an addiction to the warfare, ultimately leading him to do some stupid and reckless things, forcing Mackie to doubt his ability to be on the front lines.

Additional Objectives

The film doesn't solely concentrate on the crazy behaviour of Jamesand has a side plot which focuses on the third member of the team. Owen Eldridge (Brian Geraghty) plays a character who is deeply affected by the war and what he has seen, resulting in him becoming very close to his psychologist and taking a very defeatist outlook on life.

The Verdict

If you want to watch a movie that is deeper than just blowing things up, The Hurt Locker is for you. If you don't walk away thinking more deeply about what the movie was actually about, I would recommend watching it again.

We have seen many movies about the men in the active part of the armed forces, but we must never forget those that are in the background and are standing directly over their death.

This is one of the great war films, and our own Medal of Honor winner for 2009.

- Richard Corliss (Time Magazine) Read Full Review Here.

It is very important that we never forget what those who have fought for our freedom. And although we don't have the chance to go and see what is happening first hand, movie directors such as Kathryn Bigelow give us a brilliant look into what the warfare is like.

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Synopsis From Google Movies: War is a drug. Nobody knows that better than Staff Sergeant James, head of elite squad of soldiers tasked with disarming bombs in the heat of combat. To do this nerve-shredding job, it's not enough to be the best: you have to thrive in a zone where the margin of error is zero, think as diabolically as a bomb-maker, and somehow survive with your body and soul intact. Powerfully realistic, action-packed, unrelenting and intense, The Hurt Locker has been hailed by critics as "an adrenaline-soaked tour de force" (A.O. Scott, The New York Times) and "one of the great war movies." (Richard Corliss, Time)


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