As far as some folks thinking the beginning of the movie drags, there are others who actually praise the CIA sleuthing portion of the movie more than the final assault (seen as some as anti-climactic). People who think this is a pure action movie are going to be disappointed, imo.
Finally, I'm always amused at the criticism of The Hurt Locker as not being completely realistic from a technical point of view. After all, it is a movie made for entertainment and not a documentary. There is no way, for example, that a movie audience would watch two hours of guys working on a single bomb. As long as the essence of the story and experience is conveyed, it serves its purpose.
Saw it last night and can say with first hand knowledge that that's about as close as you'll ever get to seeing a real raid.
Am I the only one who thinks all the fuss about the torture is being WAY overblown???
IMHO, the people that say it was dragging or slow in parts are the retards that walk among us that wanted to go watch a Call of Duty game rather than a great film.
They can kiss my ass, lol