The Hurt Locker

Movie review by James Rocchi, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Violent, complex Iraq war drama is rough, tough, thrilling.

R 2009 131 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 35 reviews

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age 2+

Good for learning about war

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Too much violence
age 15+

Engaging Wartime Charcter Study

Violent scenes are mostly not bloody but are extremely tense and explosive. Aftermaths of violence/ bombings sometimes leave bloody but not gratuitous results. There is a disturbing image of a mutilated child used as a bomb carrier. F words are frequent. Not a combat film but rife with suspense including tight pacing and striking visual architecture. Not nearly as realistic as critics call it though. The main charcter really grows with you and we really feel his place in his post. We also get good representation of how his team relates and works with him. We know and see little of his family but thats kind of the point. He's married to his job and when he's not on it he feels like hes abandoning his comrades. Or maybe its because he only thinks he has what it tskes to help them because hes addicted to what he does. Maybe its both.

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