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The Hurt Locker (2008)

R  |   |  Drama, History, Thriller  |  31 July 2009 (USA)
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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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31 July 2009 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$15,700,000 (USA) (5 March 2010)
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Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Guy Pearce, and Evangeline Lilly have all appeared in Marvel films. *Renner plays Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Thor, The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War) *Mackie plays Sam Wilson/Falcon (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War) *Pearce played Aldrich Killian (Iron Man 3) *Lilly plays Hope Van Dyne (Ant-Man) See more »

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When James passes through the plastic cover in the area with the rotting body, a hand can be seen helping James opening it. See more »

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Sergeant JT Sanborn: [looking at a photo from Will's box] Who's that?
Staff Sergeant William James: That's my son. He's a tough little bastard. Nothing like me.
Sergeant JT Sanborn: You mean to tell me you're married?
Staff Sergeant William James: Well, you know, I had a girlfriend and, uh, she got pregnant. So we got married, we got divorced. Or, you know, I thought we got divorced. I mean, she's still living in the house and she says we're still together, so I... I don't know. Wha-what does that make her? I don't know...
Sergeant JT Sanborn: Dumb... for still being with your ass.
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Staff Sergeant William James: [kicks at Sanborn] Hey! She...
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The work of a master filmmaker
18 March 2009 | by (Budapest, Hungary) – See all my reviews

The Hurt Locker is a serious character study and a taut, suspenseful action thriller at once.

The subject matter itself - the work of a bomb expert, possibly one of the most nerve-racking jobs on the planet - yields most of the suspense but Bigelow manages to squeeze out every bit of tension of the premise.

This film to me was very apolitical - though set in Iraq, it is distinguished from most of the Iraq-themed war films in that it concentrates much more on the job itself than the political environment. Iraq seemed more like a backdrop - any other war would do, The Hurt Locker does not preach about this one specifically.

The story is deeply emotional, depicting a thoroughly disturbed individual's life in hell. Jeremy Renner gives an incredibly powerful performance as an EOD officer completely hooked on adrenaline stemming from his everyday close shaves with death.

All aspects of film-making are top-notch, from the brilliantly subversive screenplay through vivid cinematography, masterful directing and perfectly paced editing.

In its storytelling the filmmakers wisely break with traditional Hollywood narrative techniques. There is no clear antagonist, no rising action, no obvious character development and no climax. And yet the film manages to be more interesting, tense and suspenseful than any Hollywood action thriller I've seen in years while making a powerful, yet subtle statement about the insane addiction that is war. Kudos for everyone involved for making this film without compromising.

This is pure quality, cinematic storytelling at its best, a thinking man's actioner.


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