Caroline Martin

There is definitely something more than "addiction to war" in this movie (just watched last night). After all, the guy's passion and obsession was for defusing the bombs, not for "blowing stuff up real good." He was addicted to saving the day...at the last minute, with great risk to himself and others.

Literalism is always a risk in pop culture. Remember "Bob Roberts" and Tim Robbins' decision not to release the soundtrack, because the "wrong" people would use the songs without irony?

Michael Azerrad

He's hooked on what surely must be a massive adrenalin rush from defusing bombs on a regular basis. And you really only get that with war. In the movie, he says he's defused 873 bombs. Now, that's addiction.

Michael Azerrad

I'll also note Keanu Reeves' introduction to the movie last night at the Academy Awards, which quoted the film's epigram, then added, "and the rest of the film brings life and truth to those words" or something like that. Exactly. The main character embodies the idea that we, as a society, are addicted to war. He is a metaphor. That is one reason the film is brilliant.

Tim B.

I loved Hurt Locker and saw it twice. The scene that really summed up the whole movie for me was when the main character was home. He was at the supermarket, left alone by his girlfriend in a huge, seemingly endless, isle of food. He looks one way, then the other, seemingly paralyzed. At once this scene portrayed his personal addiction to the action overseas (or his addiction to war if you like) vs. the mundane existence of domestic life, as well as the endless amount of abundance & choice we take for granted here in the States. Especially when compared to the sandy, spartan world of the middle east. It really knocked my socks off...

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