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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, behaving 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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Drama | History | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


James Cameron said about ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow's film, "I think this could be the Platoon (1986) for the Iraq War." Subsequently, the film became the first modern-war film since Platoon to win Best Picture. See more »


In the scene where the team is clearing the building before finding 'Beckham', SPC Eldridge is wearing E-5 rank on his shirt. See more »


Staff Sergeant William James: You'll get it, though. You'll get it.
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There are no opening credits, not even a title. See more »


References Evil Dead II (1987) See more »


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Written by Gerhard Narholz (as Norman Candler)
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Just like the war it portrays, this film lacks direction, focus and clarity of purpose.
13 January 2010 | by (Boulder, Colorado) – See all my reviews

This is a different kind of war movie for a different kind of war that ultimately fails in the same ways the war fails - in that it lacks a singular focus, it has no direction or goal, and the purpose is not clear. It's not a bad movie, I just couldn't find anything to connect to or engage with - and when a moment would arise in which I thought that thing to connect to was coming... it didn't.

The film drags along at a snail's pace at times, which works for some scenes, such as a great scene wherein the main characters are pinned down for several hours by insurgents in the middle of the desert - but mostly the slowness just feels slow. There is no real story here, yet it isn't just a docudrama, either. It doesn't seem to know what kind of a movie it is, or from which characters' view point it is being told. In my opinion the story that it started to tell (and would have made it a much more interesting film) was of the drug-like addictive nature of high risk behavior, and how people who engage in that sort of thing in war will return to civilian life only to find other dangerous, high risk behavior to engage in... which is not dissimilar thematically to another of director Kathryn Bigelow's films, "Point Break". Alas, it seemed as if she forgot about that angle halfway thru the film. The worst part of the film is the ending, which after 125 minutes of slow pacing suddenly races past what should have and could have given the film its purpose.

If I had seen this film back when it first came out, I think I would have said, "OK. A well-acted, decent film despite its problems." The thought that this film would be nominated for and would win so many major awards, including being the front runner for any Oscar whatsoever -- would not have even crossed my mind, and it is mindboggling to me now that that is the case.

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