the rush of battle is often a potent and lethal addiction, for war is a drug.
this statement at the beginning of the hurt locker isn't applicable to all combat troops. i would imagine most would want to just get it over with so they can go home. for staff sgt. william james, however, the above statement could not be more true. it's like an exhilarating game to him every time he defuses a bomb under enemy fire.
jeremy renner plays the reckless & yet controlled staff sgt. james, and he does a phenomenal job. his character is nothing fancy, not a man of eloquent or inspiring words. he's a man who knows what he's doing, a man who courageously puts himself in harms way as if he has nothing to lose.
to the rest of his team, he is the reckless wild man who isn't a team player. he may seem that way at first, but once you see him at work, you see another side to him. as he defuses one bomb after another, it's as if you are watching a surgeon at work. calm, collected, & 100% focused. even when he can see the actual terrorist off in the distance, waiting for the bomb to go off. he keeps his cool, his eyes on the prize.
kathryn bigelow directed this film, and i feel she did a fantastic job. i usually like films that have quick shots & fancy camera angles, but in this case it wasn't necessary. in this film, it was all about the slow build-up, the long shots where you just can't keep your eyes off the screen because you don't know what's going to happen. another important factor would be the character development. you know it's going to be a good film when you get to know all the characters intimately. what they're all about, why they are here, and what purpose they have.
all in all, i loved this film. i have no idea why it took me this long to watch it. a must-see.