anyone as baffled as i am how people have given this nearly universal acclaim? Best picture? Critics falling all over themselves? i was excited to watch it...after 20 minutes i was waiting and waiting...then i was miserable for the remaining 1 hour and 40 minutes... blah...it felt like a more serious version of Top Gun, but with IEDs... i have heard it excused as a "character study"...but it did not really study the characters. it seemed like just another run of the mill action flick. I love a great war film, and it has to be pretty damn good to be a good war film, and for that film to win best picture...The Deer Hunter, Apocalypse Now, Platoon...those are great war movies...this felt like an action thriller. I guess what got me, is the fact that there were no really great lines, or much humor, or anything really profound in the screenplay it went for the whole "war is a drug" angle...but that is bullshit to a degree. what really made me angry was the silliness with which the main character and his unit were portrayed...now, i understand artistic license, and taking a few liberties here and there...i am not pedantic enough to say "they have the american flag patch on the wrong shoulder", and i am glad there was no "USA#1 jingoism"....but shouldn't a film that claims and is lauded to be ultra-realistic portrayal of combat over there, actually be realistic? the difference between a true war film, and a war action/thriller, is the ability to be realistically in the situations...could this have happened? would it have happened like this? Is it believable? frankly, i found the whole "renegade" soldier bit a total retread...no way EOD guys do what he did. He would be yanked out of that unit so fast and court-martialled before he could say "boom". Also, 3 guys in a humvee, without any security rocking around Iraq totally alone in every scene? miles out in the desert, or middle of the night *ALONE* in BAghdad? Renner running offbase alone for the night? the three of them splitting up totally alone to go after insurgents? it just became ludicrous after awhile...i am flabberghasted how this thing got such good reviews...and jesus...*ENOUGH* with the shaky cam! It was interesting when it was used in Saving Private Ryan and BlackHAwk Down...now it is just an annoyance. am i alone here?