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Old 11-13-2009, 11:22 PM
 
Location: Southern Willamette Valley, Oregon
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This could have gone in the entertainment forum - but I thought it would be more effective on this one.

I was lucky enough to serve in a time of peace, right after the Gulf War. I did not have to face the perils that today's troops do. That being said, I saw this movie today, and felt it was one of the best war movies I have ever seen. It did not get a lot of attention, but it received great reviews.

I want to hear from people who have served in Iraq that have seen the movie, and to know the accuracy of what it depicts. It is a gritty movie to say the least, and the scariest part of it in my opinion, is that the troops have no idea who is an enemy and who is not. The troops seemed "damned if they do, damned if they dont". It is scary stuff.

As always, I salute those who put their lives on the line on a daily basis protecting freedom as we know it. We Thank You. God Bless!
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Old 11-15-2009, 02:10 PM
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Location: East Bay, CA
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For the most part it depicted Iraq pretty well, its still just a movie though. The CHU's(living quarters) were spot on. I'm not EOD so I can't say how well the comparison was on that, but IMO it was pretty Hollywood, but it did make the movie more entertaining. Except for that one part when he left the camp and went to the downtown area with a civilian jacket and bottom ACU's..yeah that would never happen.

I also really liked the part where he was in the grocery store and they show that 'lost' sense of feeling; I feel the same way when I get back to the states. Weird emotions, I thought that was pretty good filmography on that part.
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Old 11-16-2009, 11:07 PM
 
Location: Southern Willamette Valley, Oregon
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I also really liked the part where he was in the grocery store and they show that 'lost' sense of feeling

I get that feeling in a Super Wal-Mart and I have never even been to Iraq.

Holy Crap!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 11-19-2009, 04:44 PM
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Location: East Bay, CA
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I also really liked the part where he was in the grocery store and they show that 'lost' sense of feeling

I get that feeling in a Super Wal-Mart and I have never even been to Iraq.

Holy Crap!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks, I give a legitimate response and you mock me. It is definantly not the 'lost' feeling you have.
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Old 11-19-2009, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Southern Willamette Valley, Oregon
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Thanks, I give a legitimate response and you mock me. It is definantly not the 'lost' feeling you have.
I apologize. I really meant no disrespect by my post. That was not my intention. I presume you were referring to the scene in the cereal isle. The selections can be overwhelming for many people, much more for those with a sense of displacement, I'm sure.

I don't know what to say. I was trying to relate. I guess you took it the wrong way. Once again, I apologize. My bad. I would never purposely disrespect another service member.
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Old 11-24-2009, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Southern Oregon
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I've never seen the movie, but thanks for the tip. JAQ, I can relate to the "lost feeling" I spent 1 1/2 years in Vietnam, when I came home and went to the store, yes, I had that lost feeling, and there was to damn many people around.

It is really hard to fight a people when you have no idea who the enemy is, I think the worse feeling you can have is trying to do what your called upon to do and your enemy hides within the civilian population.
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Old 03-07-2010, 11:32 PM
 
Location: Southern Willamette Valley, Oregon
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I knew this was a great movie when I saw it. It ranks up there with the best. As of tonight, Oscar smiled upon it as well. Great job!

'The Hurt Locker' earns best-picture Academy Award (AP) - The 82nd Annual Academy Awards® - Yahoo! Movies
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Old 03-07-2010, 11:42 PM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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I also really liked the part where he was in the grocery store and they show that 'lost' sense of feeling; I feel the same way when I get back to the states. Weird emotions, I thought that was pretty good filmography on that part.
That part reminded me of Capt. Willard's speech in the beginning of Apocalypse Now.

"When I was here, I wanted to be there; when I was there, all I could think of was getting back into the jungle."

I thought the part where he went out into town on his own was bullcrap as well. That wouldn't fly.
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Old 03-08-2010, 06:40 AM
 
Location: Texas
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That part reminded me of Capt. Willard's speech in the beginning of Apocalypse Now.

"When I was here, I wanted to be there; when I was there, all I could think of was getting back into the jungle."

I thought the part where he went out into town on his own was bullcrap as well. That wouldn't fly.

A soldier in Afghanistan apparently did that and he's still in the hands of the Taliban.
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Old 03-09-2010, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Fuquay Varina
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I liked the movie, until I read the article that came out that they actually stole the story line from the real guy. I guess the writer spent some time with a unit and the main guy in the story was who he was writing about. I snipped just this line from the article so you can google and read for yourself. I believe the Master Sergeant over the writer in this case. he is suing for some of the money, i hope he gets his fair share.


"In the suit, Master Sergeant Jeffrey S. Sarver said he believes screenwriter and producer Mark Boal based the film's main character, a cocky and reckless army sergeant, almost entirely on him."
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