The Hurt Locker Analysis

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The Hurt Locker shows the madness, insanity, and total recklessness of soldiers trapped in the downward spiral of the Iraq war. The film itself does not take on a political stance. Kathryn Bigelow decided against the spoon-fed political message of previous “War on Terror” films of the time, leaving out the typical war ideology, and chose to focus on a specific team of soldiers. The Hurt Locker, like all film according to Cormolli and Narboni, is inherently political. “Film is part of the economic system, it is also part of the ideological system.” To determine the true ideology of the Hurt Locker and where it fits within Cormolli and Narboni's film categories, one must first understand what ideology means. "Originating as a philosophical term, today ideology most often refers to a systematic body of concepts,…show more content…
For over two hours the film is engulfed in the excitement and drama of war. We are left on the edge of our seats as Sgt. James searches for a detonator in a car loaded with explosives, and later he tries to save an unfortunate Iraqi man who has been forcibly strapped with homemade bombs. We are addicted to the rush of whether or not they will survive. At the end of the film, James has completed his tour of duty. We see him in his civilian clothes at a supermarket back home. He seems uncomfortable and out of sorts, starring at the rows of brand name cereals. We see him with his son and his wife and what’s supposed to be normal life; a mundane civilian life. Then we are back in Iraq where James has signed on for another tour of duty. We see him walk off into the cinematic beauty of the desert landscape, ready to risk his life again to defuse another bomb. His return to battle makes sense when you look at real life stories of others who have done the

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