The Hurt Locker Essay

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“The rush of battle is often a potent and lethal addiction, for war is a drug.” This quote is the first thing that flashes across the screen as viewers begin their journey into The Hurt Locker, a critically acclaimed war movie written by Mark Boal and directed by Kathryn Bigelow (Hurt). The quote was written by former New York Times war correspondent, Chris Hedges and it perfectly sets the stage for a story that depicts just how potent and addicting war can be (Corliss). The 2008 movie won six Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Actor in a Leading Role (“Nominees & Winners”). The Hurt Locker is an exceptional movie that contains everything one would expect from an award-winning film:…show more content…
His reckless behavior causes no shortage of frustration to Sergeant J.T. Sanborn and Specialist Owen Eldridge, his fellow E.O.D. members. Sanborn and Eldridge are responsible for securing the area and keeping James safe while he does what he does what he does best, disarming bombs that could kill him in an instant. During one E.O.D. mission, James decides to search for the insurgents responsible for detonating a petrol tanker. Sanborn and Eldridge reluctantly follow and when the three split up to cover more ground, Eldridge is captured by insurgents. The rescue attempt is successful, although Eldridge is accidentally shot in the leg and later discharged from the Army as a result. Sanborn and James are called to another mission where James is unable to cut the bolts securing a bomb vest to the chest of an innocent Iraqi civilian. The bomb detonates, killing the civilian and the stress of this mission causes Sanborn to break down and confess to James that he wants to go home and start a family. He can no longer cope with the pressures of war. Just days later, after completing their rotation, both men return home but James has a hard time dealing with his boring and routine civilian life (Hurt). Each mission that the E.O.D. team takes part in flows smoothly into the next. The missions are sensible, and they are presented in a somewhat simple manner without an excess of
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