HURT LOCKER, ending wtf?

  • martinaston

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    Mar 23, 2010 10:12 PM GMT
    Late I know, just caught it. Fantastic edit, great photography,
    a few hackney archetypes and the odd implausible action, but all in all great.

    BUT THE ENDING!

    I thought his motivation was some nuanced attachment to his son/the boy beckham/another dead kid from a previous conflict/whatever, didnt need to know, LIKED not knowing. Then the last reel has him striding into the sunset for ONE LAST JOB because, boy, he just loves the military. Just me or anyone else feel it was a disappointing end to an otherwise great film?
  • RSportsguy

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    Mar 23, 2010 10:38 PM GMT
    I liked the ending. War was his addiction!
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    Mar 24, 2010 12:43 AM GMT
    I know the feeling and can relate. I am sure a lot of Service Memebers can.
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    Mar 24, 2010 12:46 AM GMT
    i thought it was gonna end with the black guy like how it began with him. But i liked the ending..when they put up the amount of days he has left like 300, i was like icon_eek.gif
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    Mar 24, 2010 12:50 AM GMT
    LOVED the ending, best part of the whole movie. It's who he is, to the core. It was the ultimate statement of his character - it's that unending drive that makes him so brave in battle and yet also such a liability to the other soldiers. Absolutely loved how he basically told his baby son that he loved war more than him. Honestly, the whole last 20 minutes was perfect - the ride back from the suicide bomber where he ponders, "Why am I like this?" to his feeling of disorientation back at home, to his speech to his baby and then going back into war with that adrenaline-pumping music. I loved just about everything about this movie.
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    Mar 24, 2010 1:31 AM GMT
    innerathlete saidLOVED the ending, best part of the whole movie. It's who he is, to the core. It was the ultimate statement of his character - it's that unending drive that makes him so brave in battle and yet also such a liability to the other soldiers. Absolutely loved how he basically told his baby son that he loved war more than him. Honestly, the whole last 20 minutes was perfect - the ride back from the suicide bomber where he ponders, "Why am I like this?" to his feeling of disorientation back at home, to his speech to his baby and then going back into war with that adrenaline-pumping music. I loved just about everything about this movie.


    This. I loved the ending too.
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    Mar 24, 2010 1:38 AM GMT
    martinaston saidLate I know, just caught it. Fantastic edit, great photography,
    a few hackney archetypes and the odd implausible action, but all in all great.

    BUT THE ENDING!

    I thought his motivation was some nuanced attachment to his son/the boy beckham/another dead kid from a previous conflict/whatever, didnt need to know, LIKED not knowing. Then the last reel has him striding into the sunset for ONE LAST JOB because, boy, he just loves the military. Just me or anyone else feel it was a disappointing end to an otherwise great film?


    It was a perfectly logical ending. He's addicted to the adrenaline, and normal life just doesn't cut it for him anymore. It's not one last job, it's as many as they will let him do.
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    Mar 24, 2010 1:40 AM GMT
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    innerathlete saidLOVED the ending, best part of the whole movie. It's who he is, to the core. It was the ultimate statement of his character - it's that unending drive that makes him so brave in battle and yet also such a liability to the other soldiers. Absolutely loved how he basically told his baby son that he loved war more than him. Honestly, the whole last 20 minutes was perfect - the ride back from the suicide bomber where he ponders, "Why am I like this?" to his feeling of disorientation back at home, to his speech to his baby and then going back into war with that adrenaline-pumping music. I loved just about everything about this movie.


    This. I loved the ending too.


    Completely agree. The ending was completely true to the character.
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    Mar 24, 2010 4:04 AM GMT
    drjon2ko saidI know the feeling and can relate. I am sure a lot of Service Memebers can.




    YES
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    Mar 24, 2010 4:12 AM GMT
    Sysiphean and loving it. Duh.
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    Mar 24, 2010 5:59 AM GMT
    I really ENJOYED this movie!
    I thought the ending was a perfect fit....
    The movie, set in the war environment, was the perfect vehicle to play out the Conceptual metaphor of what each of the guys deepest and most intensely intimate fears and regrets were.....That he was a "cowboy" that needed the single focus of his "drug of choice"....war and his "adrenaline rush" of disarming a bomb, that didn't allow for the "shopping market of too many choices" and the emotional attachments that would make him second guess and take a "momentary pause" for feelings.....Each man showed the individual baggage that they kept locked in their individual "hurt lockers" and how the insanity of war situations can bend your perception of reality.....I though the movie was very powerful and thought provoking.....icon_cool.gif
  • MikemikeMike

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    Mar 24, 2010 6:28 AM GMT
    Glad it beat Avatar, which was basically Dances with Wolves in the future in space!

    Great ending. It's war. Did you want a everyone happy ending??
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    Mar 24, 2010 7:09 AM GMT
    I think the ending it very much like the classic "Citizen Kane". What really motivates people is far from the stereotypical norm.
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    Mar 24, 2010 9:21 AM GMT
    That movie was the biggest load of trash. Ever.
  • martinaston

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    Mar 24, 2010 9:42 AM GMT
    I think I felt adrenaline was too shallow a closing motive, what war film hasn't played on that already. I thought the nature of the conflict and the specifics of the job offered the opportunity to point out something more complex than the obvious cowboy-gunslinger-archetype (though I love a slow-motion bullet casing tumbling in the dust as much as the next man). Terry Mallick did it in 'The Thin Red Line'. I wanted to know the emotional catalyst for the box of chargers under his bed, not see him as a hamster on the wheel of conflict addiction.
  • DanOmatic

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    Mar 24, 2010 11:51 AM GMT
    I described the ending of Hurt Locker to one of my best buddies, who was a Ranger and served in the 1st Iraq War (he can't watch movies about that theater of war--he becomes too emotional). He said that he saw that attitude all the time among his soldiers, the adrenaline rush that made serving in the theater of war more satisfying than even one's primary relationships to people. The sad thing is that, providing that they've returned from the war alive or unmaimed, they have a very difficult time connecting to real life, and many end up unable to connect to others, or to the mundanity of real life. Some turn to drug/alcohol addiction, others end up completely broken in other ways.
  • NickoftheNort...

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    Mar 26, 2010 5:24 PM GMT
    In addition to finding the film boring (superficial characters and implausible action), I was underwhelmed by the ending. By the time we get to see him interact with his wife and son, we know that there is no chance that he will stay with them; by that time in the match between his affection for his family and his love of defusing bombs, the latter wins by walk-over. There was no conflict, no chance that he would reject his then-former job and settle with his family.

    Innerathlete says that it's "who he is, to the core"; I'd say it's all his character ever was.
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    Mar 26, 2010 5:27 PM GMT
    wi11 saidThat movie was the biggest load of trash. Ever.


    Hear Hear!
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    Mar 26, 2010 6:24 PM GMT
    War movies bore me and always have.

    I've always thought if it people were so fascinated with it, they should just enlist and see what its like for themselves.

    Everyone at my unit thinks its so odd I don't like war films.

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    Mar 26, 2010 6:35 PM GMT
    I LOVED the ending - although I didn't care for the movie overall (GREAT editing/direction).

    I think he went back because he realized that the normal life he lives in the U.S. hinders so much of experiences that make him who he is.
  • SkyMiles

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    Mar 26, 2010 7:24 PM GMT
    I liked the ending. I have no doubt some people really find their niche in life and get great satisfaction doing things that most would find crazy, like diffusing bombs in a war zone. I definitely couldn't see that character going back to an office job and thought the movie made clear that he was uncomfortable with civilian life.
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    Mar 26, 2010 7:35 PM GMT
    innerathlete saidLOVED the ending, best part of the whole movie. It's who he is, to the core. It was the ultimate statement of his character - it's that unending drive that makes him so brave in battle and yet also such a liability to the other soldiers. Absolutely loved how he basically told his baby son that he loved war more than him. Honestly, the whole last 20 minutes was perfect - the ride back from the suicide bomber where he ponders, "Why am I like this?" to his feeling of disorientation back at home, to his speech to his baby and then going back into war with that adrenaline-pumping music. I loved just about everything about this movie.


    Ditto on everything!
  • martinaston

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    Mar 30, 2010 6:36 AM GMT
    I remember thinking early on in the movie (not in a good way)
    'What makes this guy different from Maverick in Top Gun?'
    The ending only reconfirmed this.

    Btw I did like the movie, its just it was almost great, but ended on the obvious.
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    Mar 30, 2010 7:13 AM GMT
    innerathlete saidLOVED the ending, best part of the whole movie. It's who he is, to the core. It was the ultimate statement of his character - it's that unending drive that makes him so brave in battle and yet also such a liability to the other soldiers. Absolutely loved how he basically told his baby son that he loved war more than him. Honestly, the whole last 20 minutes was perfect - the ride back from the suicide bomber where he ponders, "Why am I like this?" to his feeling of disorientation back at home, to his speech to his baby and then going back into war with that adrenaline-pumping music. I loved just about everything about this movie.


    Well said, I felt the same way, too. icon_cool.gif