I was REALLY weary about seeing this movie because I knew it centered around military guys who diffuse bombs while out in the field, but…it’s getting A LOT of accolades and award nominations…so when the opportunity arose for me to be able to see it (thanks again RT ), I decided I needed to see what it was all about.
Boy, am I glad I did! It was REALLY well-made movie! Very effective and very suspenseful. Kathryn Bigelow (who they’re saying will probably be the first woman to win an Oscar for directing in a LONG time) did an awesome job!
First of all, the main actor in the movie, Jeremy Renner, did a terrific job of playing the main “blaster” guy…he’s basically the one who goes out there, right up to the bomb, to diffuse it. And he’s the ONLY one who gets that close to the bombs. What was great about Jeremy’s character James was that he had such a no-fear attitude it was ridiculous! He was actually quite annoying to the rest of his team because he was so “cocky” if you will…he would just go in there like he owned the place, yank these bombs right out of ground (in some cases) and just find the detonators and diffuse it. Pretty crazy actually. But I do think it was THAT particular attitude that made him so good at his job. In a job as terrifying as that, you can’t be wishy-washy or timid…it’ll get you killed. Affects you emotionally and mentally, but he seems to really love and thrive on his job. Crazy stuff.
The main reason why I was SO weary about seeing this movie was my fear of how VIOLENT it was gonna be. I didn’t know if I could take it if they showed bodies being blown apart by the bombs, etc. The violence level couldn’t have been farther away from what I thought. There really wasn’t much violence, considering. I mean, bombs DID detonate, people DID die, but graphically, there wasn’t much. The only part I WILL warn you about is ONE particular scene…and all I will say is (*SPOILER*): body bomb. You can use your imagination on that one…
Just a couple of notable cameos that I didn’t know of from the movie…Ralph Fiennes plays a soldier that Jeremy Renner’s team comes in contact with. His part if fairly short, but it was actually really cool to see Ralph in such a “dirty”, manly role. So used to seeing him all primped and proper. He’s still got his British accent, but I actually liked his scruffy look….it was pretty attractive imo.
The other VERY small role was Evangeline Lilly as Jeremy Renner’s girlfriend. She literally had like 3 small scenes, with a total of maybe 10 lines, but still. Had no idea she was even in this movie!
Anyway, I would actually totally recommend this movie. It’s quite gripping in its way, but the way the movie was done was very good. It really makes you see what these guys do in a different light…total respect for them. Would NEVER want to even experience any aspect of it, but give guys like this so much credit for risking their lives like they do. Can’t believe they have to face death like that on a daily basis.
If you can take the premise and content (but I promise you…doesn’t have NEARLY the violence you would think), it’s worth watching! Totally understand all the accolades and nominations!