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The Hurt Locker (2008)

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During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work.



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An intense portrayal of elite soldiers who have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world: disarming bombs in the heat of combat. When a new sergeant, James, takes over a highly trained bomb disposal team amidst violent conflict, he surprises his two subordinates, Sanborn and Eldridge, by recklessly plunging them into a deadly game of urban combat. James behaves as if he's indifferent to death. As the men struggle to control their wild new leader, the city explodes into chaos, and James' true character reveals itself in a way that will change each man forever. Written by BWR Public Relations

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bomb | army | iraq | death | dangerous job | See All (291) »


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Drama | History | Thriller | War

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Rated R for war violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 July 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vivir al límite  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$145,352 (USA) (26 June 2009)


$15,700,000 (USA) (5 March 2010)

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First dramatic feature film about the Iraq War to win an Academy Award. First post-Vietnam War movie about a modern war to win the Best Picture Academy Award. First war movie to win the Best Picture Academy Award since The English Patient (1996). First war movie to win a Best Director Academy Award since Roman Polanski's The Pianist (2002). See more »


When James is running from the suicide bomber, unable to disarm the explosives, his protective visor is up, when the bomb explodes the visor is down. See more »


Sergeant JT Sanborn: I can't get it in.
Sgt. Matt Thompson: What do you mean you can't get it in? Pretend it's your dick.
Sergeant JT Sanborn: How about I pretend it's your dick?
Sgt. Matt Thompson: Well in that case you'll never get it in.
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Written by Al Jourgensen (as Jourgensen) / Tommy Victor (as Victor) / Ministry
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A mind-blowing war drama, a must-see!
12 July 2009 | by (Slovenia) – See all my reviews

For some of my friends this was just a solid action movie, nothing else. I watched it yesterday and for me it was much more than just action, this movie was a deeply affecting series of shots that make truly feel the war in Iraq and make you see the sacrifice that's going on out there.

There are a few things that everyone must notice while watching the movie. There is some superb acting present throughout the whole movie, especially by Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie and I wouldn't be surprised to see one or more Oscar nominations for acting. There are also some pretty extreme editing achievements, that even I, an amateur movie-lover, could see. Cinematography and some other technical achievements are stunning as well. As far as technical part of the film goes, this movie is more than successful, it is to be expected that there will be some technical Oscar nominations as well. Writing is simple but that's the way it is and all my congratulations go to Mark Boal and Kathryn Bigelow for creating such a powerful war-drama that sticks with you even long after watching this film.

I honestly hope that the Academy members won't forget abut this phenomenal movie achievement. I recommend everyone to watch this "tool" that allows us to see what the word WAR really means.

Best regards from Slovenia

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