MOVIE REVIEW: Hurt Locker…what does it take to be a courageous soldier?

Sergeant JT Sanborn: I’m ready to die, James….I’m done. I want a son. I want a little boy, Will. I mean, how do you do it, you know? Take the risk?
Staff Sergeant William James: I don’t know. I guess I don’t think about it.
Sergeant JT Sanborn: But you realize every time you suit up, every time we go out, it’s life or death. You roll the dice, and you deal with it. You recognize that don’t you?
Staff Sergeant William James: Yea… Yea, I do. But I don’t know why.
Staff Sergeant William James: I don’t know, JT. You know why I’m that way?
Sergeant JT Sanborn: No, I don’t.

Jesus said to His disciples and a crowd around Him, “He who tries to save his life will lose it, but he who loses his life for my sake and the Gospels will save it.”  (Mark 8:35)

Aside from being a superbly intense, on-the-edge-of-your-seat suspense action film with a solid taste of the insanity of what our soldiers are dealing with in the Middle East, the Hurt Locker portrays the call of the man Jesus in a profound manner.  What did it cost Sergeant William James to become the soldier who could disarm over 800 bombs during his time as an EOD?  What does Jesus require of those who wish to know Him and the abundant life He promises?

Turn the sound up and drink in a solid little flick that never made much of a stir in 2009.


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