Hurt Locker, masculinity, madness

One of the best movies I’ve seen this year is The Hurt Locker (preview on the Youtubes), a fictional documentary-style film about a team of US bomb techs in Iraq. The premise is that a new leader of a 3-man tech team differs in style than his predecessor. The resulting tension among team members drives the story. But this is a pretty bland description of an outrageously nail-biter of a movie.

Hold your breath, it could get ugly

Hold your breath, it could get ugly

This is, to quote the NYT: “a viscerally exciting, adrenaline-soaked tour de force of suspense and surprise, full of explosions and hectic scenes of combat, but it blows a hole in the condescending assumption that such effects are just empty spectacle or mindless noise.”

There are scenes I want to show in my masculinity class, and scenes I want to show in my orgs class, and then there are scenes when I just want to say, Holy Crap, what are they getting themselves into! Seriously, if you get a chance to see this movie, it is worth your time and movie dollars.

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