Minesweeper: the film by Kathryn Bigelow that divided the editorial staff

The war film with Jeremy Renner returns this Sunday on W9.

Minesweepers, of Kathryn bigelow, returns at the end of the weekend on television. In 2010, Minesweepers had created the event at the Oscars, Kathryn Bigelow becoming the first woman in history to receive the statuette for best director. A consecration on the part of the Hollywood industry which allowed him to come back in force with his film retracing the hunt for Bin Laden. Minesweepers, Zero Dark Thirty and Detroit are all three written by Mark Boal and deal with political and social topics of contemporary America, tackling current issues head-on. However, when it came out, the first had divided the drafting of First, despite undeniable qualities. Here are our reviews, before we can make up your own mind …

Minesweeper: the movie that should have changed Hollywood

The pros, by Mathieu Carratier:

“Do you see the Russian roulette scene in Journey to Hell’s End? Minesweepers, that’s it for two hours. A thriller that cuts your legs, breaths and slackens you with a taste of powder deep inside. the throat.”

The pros, by Thomas Baurez:

“Absurd picture of a war blocked on all sides. Filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow, known for her muscular and cerebral films such as Point Break or Strange Days, rushes into the path traced by Brian De Palma and his Redacted. Although less openly politicized, his film, performed by young actors, almost all unknown, reflects on how to account for a war at a time when the multiplication of images blurs our vision. In this Minesweeper, each of them threatens moreover at any moment to blow us in the mouth. ‘You who enter here, forget all hope …’ “

The cons, by Stéphanie Lamome:

“(…) the director, turning around her hero, can try to play on slow motion and zooms in / out, in the end we only see a hot guy disconnecting son. Nothing to do, this escalation of stylistic effects is reminiscent of Tony Scott’s worst. “

The cons, by Sylvestre Picard:

“The film that (re) rocks Bigelow’s career. Declining since Strange Days (1995), the director suddenly finds herself propelled to the top with her portrait of a Yankee soldier addicted to danger. Critical triumph in the United States. United, Oscars won under the beard of his ex James Cameron, Jeremy Renner in orbit, etc. We will nevertheless stress here the deep boredom that the film provides, suffocating, heavy, repetitive, constantly hesitating between genre film and film on the genre, B-movie and thesis film, adrenaline rush and reflexive posture. A constant pas de deux which gives him bastard airs, unfinished, despite undeniable flashes (Renner’s shower in his deminer’s outfit remains an insane image) and an ability to grasp the zeitgeist (the bitterness and hangover of the post-Bush era) which nevertheless command respect. “

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History of Minesweepers: Baghdad today. Staff Sergeant James, a combat zone mine clearance specialist, leads a unit of highly trained men. But his methods surprise two of his soldiers, Sanborn and Eldridge, when he throws them into a deadly game of urban guerrilla warfare, regardless of their safety. James behaves as if death doesn’t scare him. The city plunges into chaos. His subordinates try to reason with James, intoxicated by danger. His true nature is revealed then, and his men will be marked forever …

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