The Hurt Locker
Often regarded as one of the best war movies of all time, “The Hurt Locker” is a masterpiece that shows the trust and bond of brotherhood between the army men.
An inveterate risk-taker sergeant who is assigned recently to take over the army bomb squad faces life threats from his own colleagues due to his strange and risky ways of carrying out a mission.
The movie dives deeply into the process of Iraq based bomb-defusing and the personal detachment that can result from putting oneself in harm’s way on an hourly basis.
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, the movie bagged 6 Oscars out of 9 nominations. The protagonist played by Jeremy Renner along with Anthony Mackie is quite brilliant in this movie and hence brings out the entire concept of war in a comprehensive and rather touching way.
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The Bridge on The River Kwai
This classic film from 1957 is a complete wartime adventure and is directed by David Lean. The story is about a British colonel who agrees to look upon the construction of a bridge over the River Kwai after settling his differences with the commander of a Japanese PoW camp.
His efforts are ruined as he is oblivious to the fact that the Allies are preparing to break the bridge down. The colonel, played by William Holden struggles to protect his own men. His determination to keep his promise to the Japanese commander is spellbinding and the ending of the movie gives a lesson of the horrors of the war. Not only does it takes the lives of many good men, but the utter failure and despair that accompanies it makes it an unbearable existence.
The movie is quite compelling in its presentation and is less about war, torture or how it was to be a prisoner of war, but it is more about madness and pride during the war. The movie won a total of 7 Oscars out of 8 nominations and 3 Golden Globe Awards.