The severe tension and possible fatalities involved in this is of an extreme degree, and the men deal with it in different ways. Sergeant James appears to be unaffected by the risk involved, and the other men even think him to be psychologically unstable and a huge threat to their group as his recklessness endangers their lives. However, the risk becomes too much for one of the men, who want to leave the group, return home and start a family. This idea is very contrasting to the scenes of war portrayed in the film. When Sergeant James finally returns home to his wife and son, he appears bored and restless. While one would assume he would be utterly grateful to be safe, in the company of loved ones and without having to risk his life on a daily basis, he appears to be bored. By the end of the film, it is quite shocking to see him actually returning to the war zones to continue the job of deactivating bombs, which despite all logic and reason, he appears to love. The fact that when he is at home he appears detached from his family and extremely bored, highlights the fact that civilian life is a foreign and unappealing concept to him, as a result of the high-risk activities he engaged in during his time in Iraq. From the opening scene wherein lies the quote “war is a drug”, we see evidence of this by the end when Sergeant James voluntarily returns to the war zone. Willing to sacrifice his life and his family relationships for the sake of such a dangerous job, it is evident that this risky behavior has changed him as he has become addicted to it. The Hurt Locker Movie Review.
Works CitedThe Hurt Locker. Dir. Kathryn Bigelow. Perf. Jeremy Renner, Guy Pierce, Evangeline Lily. Summit Entertainment, 2009. DVD.
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