Let me start by saying that I am not a big war movie fan. That being said, I enjoyed my 39+ days amidst the Bravo Company team.
Tensions run high as bomb techs work to deactivate live bombs in Iraqi neighborhoods. But tensions run even higher emotionally as the soldiers deal with the stress of their jobs. There’s the rookie scared in his surroundings yet striving to please, the sergeant simply seeking respect and the security of routine, and then there’s the wild child tech. Jeremy Renner earns his best actor Academy Award nominee status by giving life to a character that you admire for his skills, hate for his cockiness and overt butchness, find sexy for his seemingly reckless cowboy ways, yet feel sorry for in his need to be perfect and in control at all times.
When you’ve successfully disengaged hundreds of bombs, you grow confident in your trade. You charge in, do your job, and show everyone how it’s done, while not allowing yourself to get too close to anyone, and failure is not an option. But what happens when you let your guard down for just a moment? When the wall you’ve built around you starts to crack you begin to spiral out of control, acting out of emotion rather than thinking clearly. Then once you realize your “flaws,” you rebuild your cocoon and attempt to prove to yourself once again that you are a success.
So if you’re like me and typically steer clear of war flicks, try something new as this Best Picture winner is definitely worth a watch.
Lastly, kudos to Kathryn Bigelow for becoming the first “she” to take home an Oscar for directing. A job well done.