The Hurt Locker

Remember I mentioned I watched The Hurt Locker in my earlier post?

Well, it came as a First Thought again just now and First Thoughts are always meant to be shared…

Wiki – “The Hurt Locker is a 2008 American war film about a three-man Explosive Ordnance Disposal (bomb disposal) team during the Iraq War.”

Awesome movie! It deserves all the awards and accolades it garnered including Best Director for Kathryn Bigelow.

I must say the whole film made quite an impact on me, especially when watching the nail-biting-hold-your-breath-edge-of-the-seat bomb destroying scenes by Jeremy Renner’s psychotically insane character.

But guess what? The scene that keeps creeping back into my consciousness is the ending.

From Wiki – “After Bravo Company’s rotation ends, James returns home to his wife, Connie (Evangeline Lilly), and their infant son. However, he feels agitated by the boredom of routine civilian life with its ordinary tasks of shopping at the supermarket and family dinners. One night, James confesses to his son that there is only one thing that he knows he loves. Shortly thereafter, he starts another tour of duty serving with Delta Company U.S. Army EOD unit as they are starting their 365-day rotation.”

Sergeant First Class William James made a major life decision by leaving his family.

He knew his Soul was needed elsewhere.

At the frontline. At the battleground.

Saving lives.

At the risk of losing his own.

Purpose – Betrayal of yourself so as not to betray another is betrayal nonetheless. It is the highest betrayal.