Film Analysis: The Hurt Locker

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Described as ‘a watershed film on the contemporary genre’, The Hurt Locker (2008) by Kathryn Bigelow portrays the addiction to combat some soldiers feel. The film is set during the Iraq war and follows the story of a sergeant who becomes assigned to an army bomb squad. (More about plot) Acting as an exception to the current trends in the genre, in which war films are focused much more around suicide, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the dark side of the war, The Hurt Locker provides an exciting and positive view of war. James, the main character, is ‘the living embodiment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder’ however the film treats him as if he does not have the disorder at all. A Critique of the Iraq War - Avatar Avatar (2009) has
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