DISARM IT THE WAY YOU DON’T DIE

Thank goodness for re-releases/re-runs!

I suppose after sweeping the BAFTAs and gathering nine nominations for the upcoming Oscars, the theatres (Cathay and Shaw Lido) decided to run The Hurt Locker again.

The movie revolves around three members of the Army’s elite Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) squad in Baghdad. Their job is to disarm handmade bombs (IED – Improvised Explosive Devices) for the safety of both the Iraqis and Americans.

Apparently, when one is injured in an explosion, they are sent to the “hurt locker”. Majority of them are dead and pulverized, with only their helmet and dog tags as remains. While watching, you can really sense the bravery and dedication of the squad whenever they are on a mission. It’s not just one bomb waiting for them, and if it is, it’s a very potent bomb. It’s quite shocking to see so many IEDs laid on the streets, just waiting for someone to trigger the explosion. It just shows how many of them are equipped with bomb-making expertise and it’s plain scary. There was a scene where a 12-year-old boy was cut up and a bomb planted in his dead body? My goodness. Ain’t I glad to be safe and sound in Singapore… 4 and a half out of 5 stars.

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