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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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War is a drug. See more »

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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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Vivir al límite  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$15,700,000 (USA) (5 March 2010)
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The film features four Marvel Cinematic Universe actors: Jeremy Renner, who plays Hawkeye in Thor (2011), The Avengers (2012), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Captain America: Civil War (2016), Anthony Mackie, who plays Falcon in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), and Captain America: Civil War (2016), Guy Pearce, who played Aldrich Killian in Iron Man Three (2013), and finally, Evangeline Lilly, who plays Hope Van Dyne in Ant-Man (2015). See more »

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It is apparent that the location set was Jordan, not Iraq. In one scene, a wall displays a Jordanian soccer team's name drawn in Arabic; in another, a cell phone shop has an ad for a Jordanian cell phone provider (Umniah). Both are purely Jordanian. 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 ' tough little bastard. Nothin' like me.
Sergeant JT Sanborn: You mean to tell me you married?
Staff Sergeant William James: Well, you know, I had a girlfriend and, uh, she got pregnant, so we got married, and 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... what does that make her? I don't know.
Sergeant JT Sanborn: Dumb... for still being with your ass.
[laughs]
Staff Sergeant William James: [...]
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Referenced in Pretty Little Liars: To Kill a Mocking Girl (2010) See more »

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Your Smiling Face
Written by Gerhard Narholz (as Norman Candler)
Performed by The Norman Candler Strings
Courtesy of APM Music
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An engrossing film that takes one's breath away.
12 August 2010 | by (Mars) – See all my reviews

Here we have one of the best films of the last decade. A war film that succeeds in showing what it's like to be in the armed forces nowadays. It was directed be the underrated Kathryn Bigelow. The focus is on American soldiers in the Iraq war. But it's not about them being involved in assaults or shootouts. Instead we're shown the lives of a bomb squad. Jeremy Renner is commanding as Sergeant First Class William James. He provides an excellent performance. So do Anthony Mackie and Brian Geraghty as his partners. They really do act like real soldiers. The Hurt Locker consists of a series of bomb threats that the team have to overcome. These are all thrilling, tense. What makes the film really shine, however, is its anti-war messages. In the tradition of Apocalypse Now (1979) and Come And See (1985) The Hurt Locker shows that people get hurt and killed in wars, even if they don't deserve it. It shows that the victims are just like anyone else except that they're in a war zone. The film doesn't directly criticize the American war effort. There are no discussions about whether the Iraq war is moral or immoral. Bigelow's direction is truly impressive. She certainly knows how to work with actors. The acting is obviously superb, and this is the film's greatest strength. Also notable is the cinematography by Barry Ackroyd. The war hasn't looked this realistic or this interesting in cinema until The Hurt Locker. The images captured are thoughtful and memorable. No wonder the film was the big winner at the 2010 Academy Awards. Some films that win Best Picture don't deserve it, but The Hurt Locker sure did deserve it. It's one of the best war films ever, and I highly recommend it.


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