A movie about soldiers who dismantle bombs in Iraq pretty much guarantees suspense, and Hurt Locker delivers that–plus fine acting and nice pacing. Still, I wonder who besides me, some critics, and maybe Stephen King will go to see this flick?
I have watched someone young who I loved die of cancer. I don't recommend the experience. For that reason, I can't recommend this movie. The acting is very good; the emotions seem honest (though the story is somewhat manipulative). But I have been to this sad place before and this film wasn't illuminating and certainly not entertaining, at least for me.
The cinematography is some of the best I've ever seen, and I always enjoy watching Johnny Depp. But there's something about glorifying a killer and bank robber that made this film feel hollow to me. Also, the shootouts rat-a-tat-tatted on and on.
It was inevitable that sooner or later a "worst movie of the year" candidate would come along. Here it is—in spades. Miscast (in my opinion), badly directed, with a woeful script. I don't like to be mean, but this was a particularly bad couple of hours.
Yikes! A second "worst movie of the year" candidate in the same week—although Brüno does have a very funny concept and a couple of good sequences.