History Headscratchers / TheHurtLocker

5th May '16 9:56:10 PM Gitman
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* I never served in any military, but why were Sanborn and Jame so proficient with a sniper rifle? It seems to me they should only know how to work their normal rifle and be skilled at bomb disposal. Does it anywhere give a hint that they are trained in sharpshooter combat? Because as far as I know, it ain't easy. Yet both of them know how the spotter-shooter teamup works.
** As a veteran, I can assure you that you are absolutely correct, this scene is one of many examples of CriticalResearchFailure through out the film.

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* I never served in any military, but why were Sanborn and Jame James so proficient with a sniper rifle? It seems to me they should only know how to work their normal rifle and be skilled at bomb disposal. Does it anywhere give a hint that they are trained in sharpshooter combat? Because as far as I know, it ain't easy. Yet both of them know how the spotter-shooter teamup works.
** As a veteran, I can assure you that you are absolutely correct, this scene is one of many examples of CriticalResearchFailure through out the film.film.
** Indeed. EOD and sniper teams are both highly specialized jobs that require at least 2 years of training before you even think about going on an operational mission. It's highly unlikely that the team's two NCOs would both be experts in both areas.
12th Feb '16 11:31:25 PM TheJrade1
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** 0: You are completely correct, this scene is one of the worst CriticalResearchFailures in a movie full of them.



*** In a hostile evironment like this, radioing for assistance means it comes fast, but not radioing AT ALL would mean it would come even faster.




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** Or, you know, this ENTIRE MOVIE is designed to make soldiers look bad, ranging from merely without morality to full-on kill-crazy. Putting a ridiculously inaccurate Hollywood stereotype like the "Aggressive Senior Officer" in the movie is a pretty mild example.




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** It can be, some kinds of steel are pretty tough. The thought that an EOD team wouldn't have what they need to cut through them in a heartbeat is just as silly as the rest of the movie.
25th Dec '15 4:52:47 PM Naoto_best_waifu
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* I never served in any military, but why were Sanborn and Jame so proficient with a sniper rifle? It seems to me they should only know how to work their normal rifle and be skilled at bomb disposal. Does it anywhere give a hint that they are trained in sharpshooter combat? Because as far as I know, it ain't easy. Yet both of them know how the spotter-shooter teamup works.

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* I never served in any military, but why were Sanborn and Jame so proficient with a sniper rifle? It seems to me they should only know how to work their normal rifle and be skilled at bomb disposal. Does it anywhere give a hint that they are trained in sharpshooter combat? Because as far as I know, it ain't easy. Yet both of them know how the spotter-shooter teamup works.works.
** As a veteran, I can assure you that you are absolutely correct, this scene is one of many examples of CriticalResearchFailure through out the film.
26th Oct '15 2:15:08 AM Kajotex
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* I never served in any military, but why were Sanborn and Jame sso proficient with a sniper rifle? It seems to me they should know how to work their normal rifle and be skilled at bomb disposal. Does it anywhere give a hint that they are trained in sharpshooter combat? Because as far as I know, it ain't easy. Yet both of them know how the spotter-shooter teamup works.

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* I never served in any military, but why were Sanborn and Jame sso so proficient with a sniper rifle? It seems to me they should only know how to work their normal rifle and be skilled at bomb disposal. Does it anywhere give a hint that they are trained in sharpshooter combat? Because as far as I know, it ain't easy. Yet both of them know how the spotter-shooter teamup works.
26th Oct '15 2:14:30 AM Kajotex
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* Is cutting through case hardened steel locks with bolt cutters as big as the ones James had really as difficult as this movie makes it out to be?

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* Is cutting through case hardened steel locks with bolt cutters as big as the ones James had really as difficult as this movie makes it out to be?be?

* I never served in any military, but why were Sanborn and Jame sso proficient with a sniper rifle? It seems to me they should know how to work their normal rifle and be skilled at bomb disposal. Does it anywhere give a hint that they are trained in sharpshooter combat? Because as far as I know, it ain't easy. Yet both of them know how the spotter-shooter teamup works.
28th Jul '15 6:17:49 PM ZShogan
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*** No he wasn't, his sleeve insignia shows that his current unit is the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1st_Infantry_Division_(United_States) 1st Infantry Division]] and his last wartime unit was the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1st_Armored_Division_(United_States) 1st Armored Division]].
23rd Feb '15 6:30:25 PM ZShogan
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** Or, you know, results trump rules sometimes. James risked his life, possibly risked the lives of his team, and so on, and so on... but he disabled the bomb and thus kept a good chunk of the city from exploding. It's a well-established trope, both in fiction and real life, that the hero of the day is often forgiven his sins.

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** Or, you know, results trump rules sometimes. James risked his life, possibly risked the lives of his team, and so on, and so on... but he disabled the bomb and thus kept a good chunk of the city from exploding. It's a well-established trope, both in fiction and real life, that the hero of the day is often forgiven his sins.sins.

* Is cutting through case hardened steel locks with bolt cutters as big as the ones James had really as difficult as this movie makes it out to be?
20th Mar '13 4:45:20 PM 84788484
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** Or, you know, results trump rules sometimes. James risked his lives, possibly risked the lives of his team, and so on, and so on... but he disabled the bomb and thus kept a good chunk of the city from exploding. It's a well-established trope, both in fiction and real life, that the hero of the day is often forgiven his sins.

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** Or, you know, results trump rules sometimes. James risked his lives, life, possibly risked the lives of his team, and so on, and so on... but he disabled the bomb and thus kept a good chunk of the city from exploding. It's a well-established trope, both in fiction and real life, that the hero of the day is often forgiven his sins.
20th Mar '13 4:45:02 PM 84788484
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** I think that scene is meant to demonstrate that higher-ranking officers encourage the kind of thing that goes against common sense to most people and that the high-ranking officers are just war-mongers who don't value human life as much as they value valor.

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** I think that scene is meant to demonstrate that higher-ranking officers encourage the kind of thing that goes against common sense to most people and that the high-ranking officers are just war-mongers who don't value human life as much as they value valor.valor.
** Or, you know, results trump rules sometimes. James risked his lives, possibly risked the lives of his team, and so on, and so on... but he disabled the bomb and thus kept a good chunk of the city from exploding. It's a well-established trope, both in fiction and real life, that the hero of the day is often forgiven his sins.
15th May '12 8:44:50 AM Azzizzi
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** That kid ''is'' Beckham. James recognizes him. He's not in shock or anything else. He just doesn't want to get close to anyone after that experience with the kid who he thought was Beckham's body.



** That officer was from the National Guard IIRC. The implication was that he was a weekend warrior who was impressed by this recklessness, rather than a professional who should have reprimanded James.

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** That officer was from the National Guard IIRC. The implication was that he was a weekend warrior who was impressed by this recklessness, rather than a professional who should have reprimanded James.James.
** I think that scene is meant to demonstrate that higher-ranking officers encourage the kind of thing that goes against common sense to most people and that the high-ranking officers are just war-mongers who don't value human life as much as they value valor.
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