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SIFF2009, Day 9

The Hurt Locker (2008) Dir. Kathryn Bigelow

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Okay, I admit it. Using this image is a bit misleading. But at the beginning, when I realized that I had inadvertently picked a SIFF movie with Guy Pierce it it, I was so excited, but he's only in the movie for a few minutes. But he was in the part of the movie that I was really enjoying.

The Hurt Locker is about a unit of soldiers that disarms bombs. And I was quite enjoying this movie when they were in Iraq doing their job. There was tension, suspense, and just enough plot. It was a bit like a decent action movie set in Iraq. Sadly, Kathryn Bigelow wasn't content with making an action movie set and the movie eventually brought the soldiers back to the families in the states and futher attempts to demonstrate how illsuited the men are to live back home.

La Mission (2009) Dir. Peter Bratt

You've seen this movie before, only this time, it is set in San Fransico's Mission District.

Plot synopsis: Che (Benjamin Bratt) is an upstanding member of his community in the mission district. He knows everyone, brings elderly neighbors groceries, and fixes up fancy cars with his buddies to parade around town in. He's just a swell guy. But then, he finds out his kid is gay. OMG! And kicks him out and generally cannot cope, cuz there ain't no such thing as a gay latino.

But the native american side of the family understands and Jesse stays with them. Che (big shock) eventually comes around and accepts his son, but not until after some gay bashing and gang violence have occurred in his community.

For the genre, this is a better than average flick, but again, it is all so familiar and it is a bit dull to watch a movie when you know exactly what is going to happen, and even how it will likely get there.

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