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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 (290) »

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

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$15,700,000 (USA) (5 March 2010)
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Kathryn Bigelow cast leads Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie and Brian Geraghty due to her vivid memory of their superb performances in, respectively, Dahmer (2002), Half Nelson (2006) and Jarhead (2005). See more »

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In the desert stand-off, after shooting the enemy sniper, a rock to Sanborn's right side is completely in shadow. The shadow is cast by a parasol on a tripod which is positioned to protect the actors, but has been moved aside for the shot. The parasol is on a stand, which casts a shadow across the foreground in front of the actors. See more »

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Guard at Liberty Gate: [after catching James coming back into the camp after having snuck out] What the fuck are you doing?
Staff Sergeant William James: Visiting a whorehouse.
Guard at Liberty Gate: Okay. If I let you in, will you tell me where it is exactly?
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Written by Norman Candler
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A Movie to See -- Not to Enjoy
26 July 2010 | by (Washington, D.C.) – See all my reviews

Except for the first few minutes of "Saving Private Ryan," no film I've ever seen comes closer than "The Hurt Locker" to portraying the randomness, senselessness, brutality and -- yes -- the excitement of battle. With the exception of Ralph Fiennes who makes a brief appearance early in the movie, there are no stars and few recognizable actors in this story about a small group of men whose mission is to defuse improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Iraq. Frequently under surveillance, though not always certain whether it is by curious bystanders or enemies in civilian clothing, these men are at risk every moment they are in the field.

The principal character, Sgt. First Class William James (Jeremy Renner) is one of those who seem to get an adrenaline rush in the face of danger. His colleagues, Sgt. JT Sanborn (Anthony Mackle) and Specialist Owen Eldridge (Brian Geaghty), see no glamor in their task. Sanborn is a workman-like soldier, trying to do his duty in as safe a manner as possible. Eldridge is in a near-constant state of panic, eager to be somewhere else, any place else. They are not presented as stereotypes, however, nor is anyone else in this absorbing movie. Everyone in the field knows he may die at any moment, and how they manage to hold up in the searing heat of Iraq in a war they aren't asked to understand may be the main point of this film, if indeed it has any point other than War is Hell and the Iraqi War is a particularly terrible slice of Hell.

Kathryn Bigelow deserves every award she won for "The Hurt Locker." It is completely unsentimentalized. There is no moral drawn, except what the viewer concludes based on the judgments he or she brought to the movie and the impact of the story on those judgments. Of its type, it is far and away the best war movie I've ever seen.


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