http://gamingtrend.com
August 02, 2014, 09:28:51 AM *
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
News:
 
   Home   Help Search Calendar Login Register  
Pages: [1] 2   Go Down
  Print  
Author Topic: [Movie] The Hurt Locker  (Read 3863 times)
0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.
PeteRock
Gaming Trend Senior Member

Offline Offline

Posts: 6798


Fabulous is a state of being. For me, anyways.


View Profile
« on: June 28, 2009, 07:36:05 PM »

I'm pretty surprised no one is talking about The Hurt Locker

Quote
Synopsis:

The Hurt Locker is a riveting, suspenseful portrait of the courage under fire of the military’s most unrecognized heroes: the technicians of the bomb squad, who volunteer to challenge the odds and save lives in one of the world’s most dangerous places. Three members of the Army’s elite Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) squad battle insurgents and each other as they seek out and disarm a wave of roadside bombs on the streets of Baghdad -- in order to try and make the city a safer place for Iraqis and Americans alike. Their mission is clear - protect and save - but it’s anything but easy, for the margin of error on a war-zone bomb is zero. A thrilling and heart-thumping look at the effects of combat and danger on the human psyche, The Hurt Lockeris based on the first-hand observations of journalist and screenwriter Mark Boal, who was embedded with a special bomb unit in Iraq.

Visionary director Kathryn Bigelow brings together groundbreaking realistic action and intimate human drama in a gripping film starring Jeremy Renner (Dahmer, The Assassination of Jesse James), Anthony Mackie (Half Nelson, We Are Marshall) and Brian Geraghty (We Are Marshall, Jarhead), with cameo appearances by Ralph Fiennes (The Reader), David Morse (“John Adams”), Evangeline Lilly (“Lost”) and Guy Pearce (Memento). The Hurt Locker is produced by Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Greg Shapiro and Nicolas Chartier. The screenplay is written by Mark Boal (In the Valley of Elah, story). Barry Ackroyd, BSC (United 93, The Wind That Shakes the Barley) is director of photography. Production designer is Karl Juliusson (K19: The Widowmaker, Breaking the Waves). Editors are Bob Murawski (Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3) and Chris Innis. Costume designer is George Little (Jarhead, Crimson Tide). Music is by Academy Award Nominee Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders (3:10 to Yuma), and sound design by Academy Award Nominee Paul N.J. Ottosson (Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3).

In the summer of 2004, Sergeant J.T. Sanborn (Anthony Mackie) and Specialist Owen Eldridge (Brian Geraghty) of Bravo Company are at the volatile center of the war, part of a small counterforce specifically trained to handle the homemade bombs, or Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), that account for more than half of American hostile deaths and have killed thousands of Iraqis. A high-pressure, high-stakes assignment, the job leaves no room for mistakes, as they learn when they lose their team leader on a mission.

When Staff Sergeant William James (Jeremy Renner) takes over the team, Sanborn and Eldridge are shocked by what seems like his reckless disregard for military protocol and basic safety measures. And yet, in the fog of war, appearances are never reliable for long. Is James really a swaggering cowboy who lives for peak experiences and the moments when the margin of error is zero or is he a consummate professional who has honed his esoteric craft to high-wire precision? As the fiery chaos of Baghdad swirls around them, the men struggle to understand and contain their new leader long enough for them to make it home. They have only 38 days left in their tour of Iraq, but with each new mission comes another deadly encounter, and as James blurs the line between bravery and bravado, it seems only a matter of time before disaster will strike.

With a visual and emotional intensity that makes audiences feel like they have been transported to Iraq¹s dizzying, 24-hour turmoil, The Hurt Locker is both a tense portrayal of real-life sacrifice and heroism, and a probing look at the soul-numbing rigors and potent allure of the modern battlefield.

I've been very excited for this film but I worry that it may not make its way to the Phoenix area.  So far reviews have been VERY positive.  Unfortunately it doesn't look to be coming to Phoenix for quite some time, if at all, due to the film's limited release.  This is a war film I'm anxious to see.
Logged

Beauty is only skin deep.  Which is why I take very good care of my skin.
Isgrimnur
Gaming Trend Senior Member

Offline Offline

Posts: 8756



View Profile
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2009, 08:57:30 PM »

Opens July 10th just down the road from me.  I watched the preview a few days ago, and I'm looking forward to it.
Logged

Hadron Smasher on 360; IsgrimnurTTU on PS3

I'd rather be watching hockey.
kathode
Gaming Trend Senior Member

Offline Offline

Posts: 2469



View Profile
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2009, 10:01:34 PM »

Definitely plan on seeing it when it comes around here.  My brother saw in it LA and said it's amazing.  Very suspenseful and almost stressful to watch.
Logged
Mookee
Gaming Trend Reader

Offline Offline

Posts: 225


View Profile
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2009, 10:08:40 PM »

Pete, it's going to be in Phoenix on 7/10. Hopefully wider shortly after that.
Logged
PeteRock
Gaming Trend Senior Member

Offline Offline

Posts: 6798


Fabulous is a state of being. For me, anyways.


View Profile
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2009, 10:09:56 PM »

Quote from: Mookee on June 28, 2009, 10:08:40 PM

Pete, it's going to be in Phoenix on 7/10. Hopefully wider shortly after that.

Awesome!  Thanks for letting me know.  I couldn't find listings anywhere so I'm glad to hear I'll have a chance to see it.
Logged

Beauty is only skin deep.  Which is why I take very good care of my skin.
Simon
Gaming Trend Senior Member

Offline Offline

Posts: 1185


View Profile
« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2009, 05:36:25 PM »

You can watch the first 8 minutes of the movie here.
Logged
CeeKay
Gaming Trend Staff
Gaming Trend Senior Member

Offline Offline

Posts: 71766


La-bibbida-bibba-dum! La-bibbida-bibba-do!


View Profile
« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2009, 05:38:29 PM »

I saw a poster for this at the local Landmark theater with 'coming soon' under it, so I guess we'll be getting it eventually.
Logged

Because I can,
also because I don't care what you want.
XBL: OriginalCeeKay
Wii U: CeeKay
Isgrimnur
Gaming Trend Senior Member

Offline Offline

Posts: 8756



View Profile
« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2009, 12:34:03 AM »

I just got back from it.  It is definitely a good film and worth a watch.  It gives you a good feel for who these guys are and, to an extent, what's going on inside their heads.  The film doesn't pull any punches in terms of violence, but doesn't go overboard just because it could have.  Everything seems at an appropriate level and realistic.  8/10
Logged

Hadron Smasher on 360; IsgrimnurTTU on PS3

I'd rather be watching hockey.
Thin_J
Gaming Trend Senior Member

Offline Offline

Posts: 3409


View Profile
« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2009, 07:24:43 PM »

I really really really want to see this, but can't find a showing within a hundred freaking miles of here.
Logged

Xbox Live: Thin J
PSN: Thin_J
Isgrimnur
Gaming Trend Senior Member

Offline Offline

Posts: 8756



View Profile
« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2009, 07:38:53 PM »

IMDB's map is pretty good for finding stuff.  Clicking on it does a geo search based on where you clicked.  Pretty nifty.
Logged

Hadron Smasher on 360; IsgrimnurTTU on PS3

I'd rather be watching hockey.
Thin_J
Gaming Trend Senior Member

Offline Offline

Posts: 3409


View Profile
« Reply #10 on: July 13, 2009, 07:41:25 PM »

Quote from: Isgrimnur on July 13, 2009, 07:38:53 PM

IMDB's map is pretty good for finding stuff.  Clicking on it does a geo search based on where you clicked.  Pretty nifty.

Yeah, that confirms exactly what moviefone says. Unless I wanna drive 8 hours to Chicago, I'm not gonna catch this one in theaters.
Logged

Xbox Live: Thin J
PSN: Thin_J
Blackjack
Gaming Trend Senior Member

Offline Offline

Posts: 10814



View Profile
« Reply #11 on: July 16, 2009, 05:53:39 PM »

Sorry I missed this thread the other day (I removed my redundant topic). icon_redface

It's playing at one theater near me in Virginia, albeit on small, non-stadium art-house type screen. I think I might try to catch it after work today. Probably solo. I've talked to a couple buddies about seeing it but one thinks it will be "too depressing," and the other would have to see it next month, and I'm kinda eager to catch it.

I'm impressed the military audiences they've shown it to (including actual defusal experts that are injured veterans) seem very pleased with the authenticity while still enjoying it as an action thriller, according to some articles I've read. I'm assuming it doesn't go into detail to the point of revealing how the defusal guys do their work. I'm pretty sure it's more complicated than the "is it the red wire or the blue wire?" garbage that action movies have featured for the last 15-20 years.

I would kinda urge people to be careful reading reviews on this, as some are revealing some things I would consider spoilers, such as... (I would call this a "vague" spoiler on my part to explain something)
Spoiler for Hiden:
I don't think they should reveal the name of a particular actor who has a bomb go off in his face. Shouldn't they let the audience experience that particular shock? I feel bad that I read it, and won't get to experience that particular revelation myself.  disgust

Hmm, they actually are doing fairly early morning shows (10 a.m.-ish) of this, so for the sake of being cheapskatey, I might try to catch it Saturday morning.

UPDATE: fwiw, I'm determined to catch a 10:45 a.m. show tomorrow. I'll try to sit towards the front for the Full Effect.  icon_cool Most of their screens are rinky-dink, so unless I do that, it feels like I'm watching someone's big-screen TV at home.
« Last Edit: July 17, 2009, 07:34:12 PM by Blackjack » Logged

Playing
PC
-Halfway (sci-fi, turn-based squad strategy)
Blackjack
Gaming Trend Senior Member

Offline Offline

Posts: 10814



View Profile
« Reply #12 on: July 18, 2009, 06:10:37 PM »

Saw it this morning (only 5 bucks!):


Here's my "reviewer's catchphrases":

"The Hurt Locker HURTS SO GOOD!"

"I laughed! I cried! I vomited my cappuchino!"

"It's the Feel Bad Movie of the Summer!"

=============================
Seriously, it was awesome, riveting stuff. It's doing great "per screen" (better than Transformers or anything else out there) box office numbers in a very limited (only about 60 theaters at this point). I doubt that would translate to doing that well at 3,000 theaters, so I assume they'll consider gradually expanding the theater-base a little later down the road.

I can't really talk about it much without spoiling something. Suffice it to say, I jumped out of my chair about 3 times, and I couldn't bring myself to go to the restroom (it's just over 2 hours, I was pretty desperate for the restroom by the end).  icon_razz

Jeremy Renner's character at first comes across not much differently than maybe Mel Gibson's Martin Riggs at the very beginning of the first Lethal Weapon film (burn out guy with a death wish, but does his job well, etc.), but he gradually becomes ore complicated and interesting as things go on.

Much of the film is on steady-cam, handicam stuff, but I wouldn't say it's to the length of the Bourne films, Blair Witch Project etc. It gives it a really gritty, documentary feel but it seems to switch to "regular" camera work for certain types of scenes too.

Good supporting cast, only a few characters but I grew quite fond of all of them.

I'd like to see it again on a big screen if it gets a nationwide release eventually.
« Last Edit: July 18, 2009, 06:12:20 PM by Blackjack » Logged

Playing
PC
-Halfway (sci-fi, turn-based squad strategy)
Kevin Grey
Global Moderator
Gaming Trend Senior Member

Offline Offline

Posts: 13976


View Profile
« Reply #13 on: July 19, 2009, 12:26:13 AM »

Quote from: Thin_J on July 13, 2009, 07:41:25 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on July 13, 2009, 07:38:53 PM

IMDB's map is pretty good for finding stuff.  Clicking on it does a geo search based on where you clicked.  Pretty nifty.

Yeah, that confirms exactly what moviefone says. Unless I wanna drive 8 hours to Chicago, I'm not gonna catch this one in theaters.

Opens wide on the 24th I think.
Logged
CeeKay
Gaming Trend Staff
Gaming Trend Senior Member

Offline Offline

Posts: 71766


La-bibbida-bibba-dum! La-bibbida-bibba-do!


View Profile
« Reply #14 on: July 19, 2009, 07:04:42 PM »

the local theater is finally getting this on the 31st.
Logged

Because I can,
also because I don't care what you want.
XBL: OriginalCeeKay
Wii U: CeeKay
Blackjack
Gaming Trend Senior Member

Offline Offline

Posts: 10814



View Profile
« Reply #15 on: July 19, 2009, 08:37:13 PM »

They added 34 screens this past week (to 94 total). It's still doing fine "per screen" businesses, far higher than anything but the Harry Potter movie. For comparison, Box Office Mojo said The Hurt Locker did about $8,128 per screen, Harry Potter did $18,376 per screen (on more than 4,300 screens) and nothing else did more than $4,637 per screen. I guess it's really only of box office geek interest, but it does suggest THL is pulling them in even on its very limited release.

I'd vote they give Harry Potter a couple more weeks before they try to expand this nationally. I know "counter programming" sometimes works in the summer (as it has with The Proposal, and The Hangover), I just think the multiplexes are so crowded right now. I liked The Soloist, but I think the decision to release that nationally right away was sort of "summer movie suicide" for a movie that seemed better suited for a fall-winter release.

The "slow gradual release" technique doesn't always work. I've seen lots of art-house type films do that and when they finally release nationally, nobody comes to see it.

Here's a few interesting articles on the film I ran into, here and there... (I haven't analyzed these to see if they're spoiler-free, but I'd think they'd be less likely to be spoilery than some reviews I've read). You may want to read this stuff after you see the film, though if you're curious about the movie they might be fun to look through too. A lot of these are from movie news/blogs sites that I've never heard of, some I'm bookmarking.  icon_smile

Cast Interviews
The Hurt Locker’s Jeremy Renner [Sgt. William James] on His Bomb-Dismantling Playlist (NY Times interview)
http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2009/06/the_hurt_lockers_jeremy_renner.html
Love this quote:
Quote from: actor Jeremy Renner
What kind of direction did she give?
There were some days, I am sure, she wanted to claw my face off and I wanted to punch her — but she told me, "I hired you because you know how to do your job much better than anybody else. So you do it." And she said, "I'm gonna do my job and try to capture it." That was it.

video interview /w Renner
http://www.reelzchannel.com/trailer-clips/41417/hurt-locker-interview

Q&A w/ Renner (Cinemablend.com)
http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Interview-The-Hurt-Locker-s-Jeremy-Renner-13728.html

[*spoiler alert* near the end of the Mackie interview*]
Interview w/ Anthony Mackie [Sgt. Sanborn] (he's probably my favorite character in the movie  icon_cool)
http://www.collider.com/2009/06/23/anthony-mackie-interview-the-hurt-locker/

Q&A interview w/ Brian Geraghty [Specialist Owen Eldridge]
http://www.atomicpopcorn.net/interview-brian-geraghty-of-the-hurt-locker/

Crew Interviews
Interview with director Kathryn Bigelow (Moviefreak.com)
http://www.moviefreak.com/artman/publish/interviews_kathrynbigelow.shtml

Interview: The Hurt Locker's Mark Boal [screenwriter] and Bigelow [director] (FirstShowing.net)
http://www.firstshowing.net/2009/06/02/interview-the-hurt-lockers-mark-boal-and-kathryn-bigelow/

Q&A Interview at 2008 Toronto film festival w/ director Bigelow
http://blog.spout.com/2008/09/17/kathryn-bigelow-interview-the-hurt-locker-toronto-2008/

audio interview: 'The Hurt Locker' Director Kathryn Bigelow and Screenwriter Mark Boal (Cinematical.com, think it's from a Toronto film festival in 2008)
http://www.cinematical.com/2009/06/25/interview-the-hurt-locker-director-kathryn-bigelow-and-screen/

Consulting type interviews
'The Hurt Locker' gets help from Baltimore-born explosives expert (partly an interview with a retired Explosive Ordinance Disposal soldier]
http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/movies/bal-ae.mo.locker17jul17,0,6023868.story

Anyway, that's a few, if you Google at all you'll see about 200.  icon_razz
« Last Edit: July 19, 2009, 08:55:56 PM by Blackjack » Logged

Playing
PC
-Halfway (sci-fi, turn-based squad strategy)
PeteRock
Gaming Trend Senior Member

Offline Offline

Posts: 6798


Fabulous is a state of being. For me, anyways.


View Profile
« Reply #16 on: August 09, 2009, 05:52:03 AM »

Just saw this tonight with Ron and Laura.  The first word that comes to mind is "intense."  I was anxious and tense throughout the film from start to finish.  When the credits finally started to roll I simply thought, "Wow."  While a movie cannot come even close to recreating the intensity and anxiety of combat in Iraq, Bigelow's film comes as close as any war film to date to providing the audience at least some insight into the feelings of a soldier involved in the Iraq conflict.  Somehow the film's cinematography conveys feelings of confusion, distrust, intensity, fear, anxiety, unease, surging adrenaline, relief, and the need to have a drink.  I was truly impressed with how well Bigelow was able to make the audience actually feel what some of the film's characters were feeling as well. 

Easily one of the best films of the summer, and one of the best war films I've ever seen.  Renner is superb as James, Mackie was riveting yet touchingly human in his portrayal of Sanborn, Geraghty's character really made you feel uneasy about his own internal conflicts and discomfort with being at war, and the film's imagery, grainy look, and occasional shakiness all worked to make you feel that much more a part of what was going on. 

This film isn't just something you watch, it is something you experience, and not just visually and aurally but emotionally as well.  Ron and I both loved it.  My wife thought it was "decent, but she didn't ever feel emotionally invested", but I felt as if I was right alongside James from the moment he stepped on screen.

Two very enthusiastic, well-manicured thumbs up.  Fabulous
Logged

Beauty is only skin deep.  Which is why I take very good care of my skin.
Thin_J
Gaming Trend Senior Member

Offline Offline

Posts: 3409


View Profile
« Reply #17 on: August 09, 2009, 11:29:55 AM »

So in a first for a limited release movie I actually care about, this did finally show up in a little local indie theater.

It was really, really good.

The only part that made me narrow my eyes and groan just a little was two guys from a bomb disposal unit that just met that also both happen to have scout/sniper training. I'm not military genius but I know that's far from normal and comments from people in the military that have been over there bear that out.

Otherwise it seems to be pretty accurate. The best quote I've seen so far is from a guy who's been over a couple of times already. His favorite scene in the whole thing? Dude standing in the cereal aisle and not knowing what to do.
Logged

Xbox Live: Thin J
PSN: Thin_J
CeeKay
Gaming Trend Staff
Gaming Trend Senior Member

Offline Offline

Posts: 71766


La-bibbida-bibba-dum! La-bibbida-bibba-do!


View Profile
« Reply #18 on: August 09, 2009, 04:55:00 PM »

thanks for bumping this, I had totally forgotten it was out now.  I may have to go see an evening showing since I'm pretty busy this week with work.
Logged

Because I can,
also because I don't care what you want.
XBL: OriginalCeeKay
Wii U: CeeKay
helot2000
Gaming Trend Reader

Offline Offline

Posts: 287


View Profile
« Reply #19 on: August 10, 2009, 02:21:40 AM »

Quote from: PeteRock on August 09, 2009, 05:52:03 AM

Easily one of the best films of the summer, and one of the best war films I've ever seen. 
+1.  I'd rank it up there with Black Hawk Down, Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers.  And Blackjack, thanks for the links.
Logged

Saving the world one post at a time.
Knightshade Dragon
Administrator
Gaming Trend Senior Member

Offline Offline

Posts: 21052



View Profile WWW
« Reply #20 on: August 10, 2009, 07:03:30 PM »

Quote
The only part that made me narrow my eyes and groan just a little was two guys from a bomb disposal unit that just met that also both happen to have scout/sniper training

Incorrect - EOD are all trained on long range rifles.  You need it for those bombs you just can't blow up another way.  *ping* from a mile away does the trick.  Them sitting in the desert past exhaustion, past the ability to even form spit, and past the waiting point of most rational human beings is totally accurate.

I loved the movie - I found it riveting and hard to watch at times, but it was an awesome flick.  Two beat to hell poorly manicured thumbs up!
Logged

Ron Burke
EiC, Director of Gaming Trend
Gamertag:
Gaming Trend
PS3 Tag: GamingTrend
Isgrimnur
Gaming Trend Senior Member

Offline Offline

Posts: 8756



View Profile
« Reply #21 on: August 10, 2009, 07:16:13 PM »

I lkie how they weren't portrayed as supersoldiers in that it wasn't always a first-round hit.  It took repeated shots and the work of a spotter to effectively use the weapon.
Logged

Hadron Smasher on 360; IsgrimnurTTU on PS3

I'd rather be watching hockey.
Knightshade Dragon
Administrator
Gaming Trend Senior Member

Offline Offline

Posts: 21052



View Profile WWW
« Reply #22 on: August 10, 2009, 07:41:24 PM »

Quote from: Isgrimnur on August 10, 2009, 07:16:13 PM

I lkie how they weren't portrayed as supersoldiers in that it wasn't always a first-round hit.  It took repeated shots and the work of a spotter to effectively use the weapon.

No doubt - heat is a bitch for spotting and hitting a target!
Logged

Ron Burke
EiC, Director of Gaming Trend
Gamertag:
Gaming Trend
PS3 Tag: GamingTrend
Isgrimnur
Gaming Trend Senior Member

Offline Offline

Posts: 8756



View Profile
« Reply #23 on: August 10, 2009, 07:48:37 PM »

What with the wind and thermals, I imagine it's not easy.

Personally, I find it interesting that there are iPhone shooting utilities.
Logged

Hadron Smasher on 360; IsgrimnurTTU on PS3

I'd rather be watching hockey.
Thin_J
Gaming Trend Senior Member

Offline Offline

Posts: 3409


View Profile
« Reply #24 on: August 10, 2009, 11:29:29 PM »

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on August 10, 2009, 07:03:30 PM

Quote
The only part that made me narrow my eyes and groan just a little was two guys from a bomb disposal unit that just met that also both happen to have scout/sniper training

Incorrect - EOD are all trained on long range rifles.  You need it for those bombs you just can't blow up another way.  *ping* from a mile away does the trick.  Them sitting in the desert past exhaustion, past the ability to even form spit, and past the waiting point of most rational human beings is totally accurate.

Multiple people serving in Iraq right now alongside EOD squads disagree with the part about training. The latter bit makes perfect sense.

I don't know one way or another what's right, I'm just going on what people in the military right now that have been over there (in some cases more than once) have said. It seemed off to me when I watched it, and their commentary after seeing the movie seems to confirm the suspicion.

I'd be interested in hearing a definite answer one way or another, though I'm not sure how that would come given the circumstances...
Logged

Xbox Live: Thin J
PSN: Thin_J
CeeKay
Gaming Trend Staff
Gaming Trend Senior Member

Offline Offline

Posts: 71766


La-bibbida-bibba-dum! La-bibbida-bibba-do!


View Profile
« Reply #25 on: August 10, 2009, 11:41:06 PM »

Quote from: Thin_J on August 10, 2009, 11:29:29 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on August 10, 2009, 07:03:30 PM

Quote
The only part that made me narrow my eyes and groan just a little was two guys from a bomb disposal unit that just met that also both happen to have scout/sniper training

Incorrect - EOD are all trained on long range rifles.  You need it for those bombs you just can't blow up another way.  *ping* from a mile away does the trick.  Them sitting in the desert past exhaustion, past the ability to even form spit, and past the waiting point of most rational human beings is totally accurate.

Multiple people serving in Iraq right now alongside EOD squads disagree with the part about training. The latter bit makes perfect sense.

I don't know one way or another what's right, I'm just going on what people in the military right now that have been over there (in some cases more than once) have said. It seemed off to me when I watched it, and their commentary after seeing the movie seems to confirm the suspicion.

I'd be interested in hearing a definite answer one way or another, though I'm not sure how that would come given the circumstances...

easy.  just enlist, go into their training and then let us know  icon_biggrin
Logged

Because I can,
also because I don't care what you want.
XBL: OriginalCeeKay
Wii U: CeeKay
Isgrimnur
Gaming Trend Senior Member

Offline Offline

Posts: 8756



View Profile
« Reply #26 on: August 11, 2009, 12:58:56 AM »

Global Security seems to think that they do.

Quote
Barrett .50 caliber rifles are in service world-wide for EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) use. Users have found that mounting the Barretts on vehicles is a rapid and cost-effective method of clearing military airport runways from unexploded ordnance. Others have found the Barrett as an effective means of detonating land mines once they have been detected.

Olive Drab agrees with them.

Quote
The Army expects to complete fielding of the M107 n 2008. It will not replace the M24 7.62mm Sniper Rifles that are in service but it will replace all remaining M82A1s that are used by EOD units as for detonation of unexploded ordnance.
Logged

Hadron Smasher on 360; IsgrimnurTTU on PS3

I'd rather be watching hockey.
Thin_J
Gaming Trend Senior Member

Offline Offline

Posts: 3409


View Profile
« Reply #27 on: August 11, 2009, 07:38:17 PM »

Quote from: CeeKay
easy.  just enlist, go into their training and then let us know  icon_biggrin

I actually tried to enlist when I first quit college. I was refused for medical reasons. Not unexpected, but it was a bit of a bummer at the time.

Turns out it was probably for the best. If I'd gone in at that time I would have finished boot just in time to go to combat training and then ship off to Iraq right as the whole thing got started.

As far as the movie stuff goes, I'm still tempted to lean at least a little toward people that have been over there, but multiple sources saying they're trained on the rifles is pretty convincing. Interesting.
« Last Edit: August 11, 2009, 07:43:59 PM by Thin_J » Logged

Xbox Live: Thin J
PSN: Thin_J
Crusis
Gaming Trend Senior Member

Offline Offline

Posts: 1040


Horror hack extraordinaire


View Profile WWW
« Reply #28 on: August 12, 2009, 01:10:09 AM »

I saw the movie over the weekend and it was simply outstanding. Others said it best - riveting.

-Crusis
Logged

I get paid to write books. It's a thing. http://timothywlong.com
Blackjack
Gaming Trend Senior Member

Offline Offline

Posts: 10814



View Profile
« Reply #29 on: August 12, 2009, 06:27:39 PM »

Quote from: helot2000 on August 10, 2009, 02:21:40 AM

Quote from: PeteRock on August 09, 2009, 05:52:03 AM

Easily one of the best films of the summer, and one of the best war films I've ever seen.  
+1.  I'd rank it up there with Black Hawk Down, Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers.  And Blackjack, thanks for the links.
Sure.  icon_smile I think they have been pretty smart about marketing this. Although it "expanded" in theaters, that was very modest and gradual. You just can't market this kind of thing like usual summer movie fare, or even like Saving Private Ryan (which was a summer blockbuster in 1998). The most theaters it has been in is about 535, and it's edging close to $10 million. Which seems like nothing but apparently the budget (not disclosed to this point) was very shoestring. I doubt the film's going to make much of anything internationally, but I certainly hope to get it on DVD later in the year.

As far as the realism, I know it's been screened here and there for Iraqi/Afghanistan vets that do IED defusal and they seem to largely find it satisfyingly real from that perspective, but I don't know if that carries over to how the rifles are used and what not.

I don't think there's any war movie that hasn't been picked apart for historical inaccuracies, holding firearms improperly or using them improperly, or out of place props; I can't hardly watch the film Patton because it's full of modern M-60 (1960s era) tanks that don't remotely look like Shermans. At least Spielberg and Co found a creative way (as I recall, bolting on Sherman-tank "exteriors" onto more modern tanks) to avoid that in SPR and the Band of Brothers miniseries.

It even bothered me to hear P-51s referred to as "tank-busters" at the end of SPR (I realize they had to do that because, afik, there are no more safely flyable P-47s in existence); Company of Heroes got it right using P-47s for that duty because their sturdier frames and air cooled engine could better withstand heavy ground fire. But only a WWII history geek would care, and I'm sure P-51s saw Some tank-busting duty.  icon_razz

The only thing that really bothered me in Hurt Locker was, late in the movie...
Spoiler for Hiden:
Why would the three guys split up and run around dark alleys in a strange Iraqi town in the middle of the night? Even if the lead character was desperate, he seems to be all about making sure his fellow soldiers are safe - splitting up in that situation just seemed more like suicide to me, or a way to result in one of these terrible soldier-kidnapping situations we read about all the time. There's strength in numbers, right?  confused

It made sense for "storytelling" but it didn't make sense to me tactically. Maybe I've played too many squad shooters. icon_razz
« Last Edit: August 12, 2009, 06:33:56 PM by Blackjack » Logged

Playing
PC
-Halfway (sci-fi, turn-based squad strategy)
Thin_J
Gaming Trend Senior Member

Offline Offline

Posts: 3409


View Profile
« Reply #30 on: August 12, 2009, 08:17:23 PM »

There were grumbles from the military guys I got impressions from about that scene too.
Logged

Xbox Live: Thin J
PSN: Thin_J
Malificent
Gaming Trend Reader

Offline Offline

Posts: 164



View Profile WWW
« Reply #31 on: August 12, 2009, 10:45:20 PM »

Quote from: Blackjack on August 12, 2009, 06:27:39 PM


The only thing that really bothered me in Hurt Locker was, late in the movie...
Spoiler for Hiden:
Why would the three guys split up and run around dark alleys in a strange Iraqi town in the middle of the night? Even if the lead character was desperate, he seems to be all about making sure his fellow soldiers are safe - splitting up in that situation just seemed more like suicide to me, or a way to result in one of these terrible soldier-kidnapping situations we read about all the time. There's strength in numbers, right?  confused

It made sense for "storytelling" but it didn't make sense to me tactically. Maybe I've played too many squad shooters. icon_razz

Spoiler for Hiden:
Actually he didn't seem "all about making sure his fellow soldiers were safe" to me - he seemed like someone who was addicted to the rush of danger and was willing to occasionally put people in danger to do things his way. Whether or not THAT is realistic, I don't know.
Logged
Blackjack
Gaming Trend Senior Member

Offline Offline

Posts: 10814



View Profile
« Reply #32 on: October 25, 2009, 12:55:20 AM »

fwiw, I read in EW that Hurt Locker's DVD release is scheduled for mid-January. Presumably that's to give it a fighting chance to get in front of Academy voters for Best Picture consideration. This is the year the # expands from 5 movies to 10. Though I think that just means that 9 people at the Oscars will pretend not to be pissed off they didn't win, rather than 4.  icon_razz
Logged

Playing
PC
-Halfway (sci-fi, turn-based squad strategy)
Isgrimnur
Gaming Trend Senior Member

Offline Offline

Posts: 8756



View Profile
« Reply #33 on: October 25, 2009, 01:23:05 AM »

Everything that I have seen and read indicates that non-commercial release versions of films are prepared specifically for voters that are not anything like retail DVDs.  After all, they aren't voting on the special features or the Director's cut.
Logged

Hadron Smasher on 360; IsgrimnurTTU on PS3

I'd rather be watching hockey.
Blackjack
Gaming Trend Senior Member

Offline Offline

Posts: 10814



View Profile
« Reply #34 on: December 25, 2009, 03:28:27 AM »

Things are looking good for The Hurt Locker in terms of critics awards it's already won, and momentum for the Oscars, which is expanding to a, imho, ridiculous 10 best picture nominees -- they already can't keep the show from running on and on and on; I can't imagine how they'll highlight 10 films instead of 5 and end the show before 1 a.m. They didn't ask me, but I might've expanded it to 6 or 7. I can see wanting to crack the door open a bit for a quality blockbuster, a foreign film or animated film to sneak into best picture, but doubling it just seems to cheapen the award (if it means anything at all anymore).

Ebert had a roundup on its near sweep of Chicago's critic awards:
http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20091221/COMMENTARY/912219999
Quote
"The Hurt Locker," Kathryn Bigelow's compelling film about a death-defying bomb disposal unit in Iraq, swept the field Monday as the 57 members of the Chicago Film Critics Association revealed their 2009 awards.

The film won every category it was nominated in: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Jeremy Renner), Best Original Screenplay (Mark Boal), and Best Cinematography (Barry Ackroyd).

The Chicago victories, seen in the context of other big-city critics groups and the Golden Globe nominations, bring a few pre-Oscar trends into focus:

* "The Hurt Locker," moderately-budgeted at $11 million and produced independently, is in a horserace with "Up in the Air" in the Best Picture Category.

* Bigelow is the possible front-runner for Best Director. No woman has ever won in the category, and only three have been nominated: Lina Wertmüller ("Seven Beauties," 1976); Jane Campion ("The Piano," 1993), and Sofia Coppola ("Lost in Translation," 2003). That will work in her favor. Ironically, if her ex-husband James Cameron is nominated for his "Avatar," that may help her. Oscar voters love drama.

* Jeremy Renner, a comparative unknown who is electrifying in "The Hurt Locker," now joins Jeff Bridges ("Crazy Heart") and George Clooney ("Up in the Air") as probable nominees in the category.
None of this means anything box office wise (it's hardly playing anywhere now, and it's due on DVD Jan. 12), but I wouldn't have wanted the film to have been forgotten, and I don't think it will. So that's something.  icon_smile

"The Hurt Locker" and "Zombieland" have nothing in common except I didn't really think I'd see either, but I'm very glad I did. Saw VI on the other hand, don't get me started  icon_razz though I had a lot of fun with our little "vote what blackjack should see at the theater" thread. I might do it again once the holiday madness is over.  icon_smile
« Last Edit: December 25, 2009, 03:31:14 AM by Blackjack » Logged

Playing
PC
-Halfway (sci-fi, turn-based squad strategy)
Blackjack
Gaming Trend Senior Member

Offline Offline

Posts: 10814



View Profile
« Reply #35 on: January 04, 2010, 08:00:15 PM »

A little more Best Picture momentum...

'Hurt Locker' named film critics' best picture of 2009
http://www.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/Movies/01/04/hurt.locker.award/index.html
Quote
Iraqi war drama "The Hurt Locker" won big with the National Society of Film Critics on Sunday. It was selected by the group of film reviewers from some of the country's top publications as the best picture of 2009.

The film also took the best director award for Kathryn Bigelow and best actor for Jeremy Renner.
I'm sure for TV ratings' sake, Oscar would hope for another James Cameron/Avatar sweep, rather than a fairly grisly (albeit great) Iraq war film that few saw and will already be out on DVD come Academy Awards broadcast time.

I do think it's cool Cameron and Bigelow are ex's and still apparently friends. It could be good theater if they ran into each other on Oscar night.  Bring your own!
Logged

Playing
PC
-Halfway (sci-fi, turn-based squad strategy)
hepcat
Gaming Trend Senior Member

Offline Offline

Posts: 9161


I'M the one that knocks! Now...burp me!


View Profile
« Reply #36 on: January 05, 2010, 06:57:02 PM »

I'm embarrassed to admit this, but I felt sort of let down by the film.  I mean, it was technically a very good film.  It's just that the theme and the story didn't strike me as terribly new and groundbreaking.  We've already had umpteen films about the horrors of being a soldier in Iraq (not to mention a great showtime series), so I was kind of like, "What's the point?".   There wasn't anything new (other than the bomb squad side of it, but they didn't spend nearly enough time on that aspect of the film as I'd have liked), imho.

Maybe I was just in a bad frame of mind when I saw it? 
Logged

Warning:  You will see my penis. -Brian

Just remember: once a user figures out gluten noting them they're allowed to make fun of you. - Ceekay speaking in tongues.
leo8877
Gaming Trend Senior Member

Offline Offline

Posts: 12530



View Profile
« Reply #37 on: January 14, 2010, 07:30:01 PM »

Saw this last night and while I thought it was very well made and well acted, I just couldn't get into it.  I don't know if I just wasn't feeling the war movie vibe or what, but I was not as drawn in as I expected to be.  It was really intense though, that's for sure.

That aside, those guys are f-ing crazy for what they do and what they have to put up with in the middle east.  Many thanks that there are people that want to fill the roles those guys fill.
Logged
ATB
Gaming Trend Senior Member

Offline Offline

Posts: 15318


Thanks for everything, Ryan. 1979-2013


View Profile
« Reply #38 on: January 19, 2010, 01:35:57 PM »

Finished it yesterday.  I think the coments made are accurate 4/5, but I wouldn't care to see it again.

The sniper scene was one of my favorites and really made it stand out as a film.

I wouldn't put it into the same category is Black Hawk Down. That movie gripped and moved me.

This one was interesting and well done, but there was just something missing...and I'm guessing that's the point...
Logged
jblank
Gaming Trend Senior Member

Offline Offline

Posts: 4215


Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned


View Profile WWW
« Reply #39 on: January 19, 2010, 01:46:29 PM »

I blind bought the Blu-Ray when it came out last week and wow, what a movie. It easily is the best movie I have seen in a couple of years and certainly deserves the accolades it's receiving. I can't recommend it enough.
Logged

XBOX 350 Gamertag = Phobos of Mars
PSN Gamertag = PhobosofMars
Pages: [1] 2   Go Up
  Print  
 
Jump to:  

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.19 | SMF © 2013, Simple Machines
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!
Page created in 0.297 seconds with 103 queries. (Pretty URLs adds 0.105s, 2q)