A Good Movie For Memorial Day

Movie Poster, The Hurt Locker
Movie Poster, The Hurt Locker

Memorial Day was yesterday and so the country took a much-deserved holiday. This meant the streets weren’t very crowded, so I was able to take my bicycle around town on mostly deserted streets and byways.  Temperatures were warm but not hot up here in northern New England, which made for a nice day outside, but ocean swimming at this latitude is still just for the polar bears.

So I did the next best thing and watched a war movie. Seems that the first wave of movies about the ongoing Middle East wars, are just beginning to circulate the theaters and video stores. Strange as it may seem we are now to view first-rate movies about wars that are still in progress. A logical conclusion must be that our ability to assemble a good movie script and crew very much outweighs our ability to end a military conflict.

Of the current films, I missed the Messenger, but did get a change to see the film that won the academy award for best picture. The effort is called The Hurt Locker and the engrossing cinematic tale follows the daily events of a bomb demo squad. Tension mounts as the small crew travels around Bagdad and Iraq going about their delicate task of diffusing unexploded IED’s.

This kind of warfare has to be new ground for movie makers (not to mention all the people involved in the actual event). What follows is one very vivid glimpse of life in a different kind of war zone. Very tightly wound and realistic and I can see why the film received the top award. In a nutshell the story follows a three-man demolition team and in particular the leader of the group a Sergent by the name of William James. Much credit goes out to the screenwriter, Mark Boals, who spent actual time embedded with a demolition crew in Iraq, before he wrote the script.

What is so riveting about this film is the way the story depicts the obsessive and sometimes fatal attraction that certain men have for war.