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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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Kathryn Bigelow

Writer:

Mark Boal
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Renner ... Staff Sergeant William James
Anthony Mackie ... Sergeant JT Sanborn
Brian Geraghty ... Specialist Owen Eldridge
Guy Pearce ... Sergeant Matt Thompson
Ralph Fiennes ... Contractor Team Leader
David Morse ... Colonel Reed
Evangeline Lilly ... Connie James
Christian Camargo ... Colonel John Cambridge
Suhail Dabbach ... Black Suit Man (as Suhail Al-Dabbach)
Christopher Sayegh Christopher Sayegh ... Beckham
Nabil Koni Nabil Koni ... Professor Nabil
Sam Spruell ... Contractor Charlie
Sam Redford Sam Redford ... Contractor Jimmy
Feisal Sadoun Feisal Sadoun ... Contractor Feisal
Barrie Rice Barrie Rice ... Contractor Chris
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Thriller | War

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

31 July 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vivir al límite See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$145,352, 28 June 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$17,017,811, 12 May 2015

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$49,230,772, 12 May 2015
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

During the sniper scene, Sergeant Sanborn takes off his Kevlar helmet, but when the shot goes to Sergeant James, Sanborn can briefly be seen wearing the helmet. When it goes back to a close-up of Sanborn, the helmet is off again. See more »

Quotes

Sergeant JT Sanborn: [as a teammate approaches an unexploded bomb] You know, these detonators misfire all the time.
Spc. Owen Eldridge: What are you doing?
Sergeant JT Sanborn: I'm just saying shit happens. They misfire.
Spc. Owen Eldridge: He'd be obliterated to nothing.
Sergeant JT Sanborn: His helmet would be left. You could have that. Little specs of hair charred on the inside.
Spc. Owen Eldridge: Yeah. There'd be half a helmet somewhere, with bits of hair.
Sergeant JT Sanborn: Have to ask for a change in technique and protocol, and make sure this type of accident never happen again, you know? You'd have to write the report.
Spc. Owen Eldridge: Are you...
[...]
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Palestina
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Surprisingly good... but not to the level of critical acclaim.
16 January 2010 | by chunga95See all my reviews

'The Hurt Locker' surprised me on many levels. In many regards it has all the trappings of the conventional war movie: soldiers' daily grind, explosions and gun violence, gritty realism and tragedy. What sets this movie apart is the characters.

Moreso than any other war film I've watched, I felt like this was more of a character study first and a war movie second. Jeremy Renner expertly plays SSgt. James, a replacement EOD team leader deployed to Iraq. His brazen style immediately clashes with the other two regular members of the team, Sgt. Sanborn (Anthony Mackie) and Spc. Eldrige (Brian Gerarghty). As they anticipate their unit's rotation back home, tensions rise as they have to continue to perform their ordinance detonation duties.

I thoroughly enjoyed Renner's character. SSgt. James is a moral, caring, and thoughtful leader. But, his thirst for action pushes Sanborn and Eldrige out of their comfort zones. EOD is dangerous enough, and James' antics test their resolve and grit. Where the movie separates itself from other war movie is this: the action serves the character, as opposed to characters thrown into action. Each mission reveals new dimensions about our heroes, their fears and ambitions, what they are trying to preserve and protect. The dialog and the actors' portrayal felt very organic to me. These are real people having real conversations, in realistic situations, trying to operate rationally and compassionately in the most illogical and irrational of circumstances.

There are no preachy political overtones or lessons on the morality of war. There really is no villain, except a faceless, formless enemy. There is nothing except the next mission and trying to survive it. The documentary style cinematography and gritty locations are great. I felt like I was in the Humvee many times, in modern Iraq, privileged to conversations and emotions rarely shared except in dire circumstances.

That said, I don't know if this movie is as good as it's being reviewed. It is an excellent film. If you're a fan of war movies this certainly is a don't miss. It's thrilling, wonderfully filmed, and the acting is great, if understated. Still, there's something missing that keeps this movie from being a top-echelon flick. In the end, though, this is an engrossing and entertaining movie that should not be missed!


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