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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Staff Sergeant William James
... Sergeant JT Sanborn
... Specialist Owen Eldridge
... Sergeant Matt Thompson
... Contractor Team Leader
... Colonel Reed
... Connie James
... Colonel John Cambridge
Suhail Aldabbach ... Black Suit Man (as Suhail Al-Dabbach)
Christopher Sayegh ... Beckham
Nabil Koni ... Professor Nabil
... Contractor Charlie
Sam Redford ... Contractor Jimmy
Feisal Sadoun ... Contractor Feisal
Barrie Rice ... Contractor Chris
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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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Cut the red wire. See more »

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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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$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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The film was shot on location in Jordan. Part of the shoot (one week) was to take place in Kuwait on a U.S. Military Base; however, access was denied. See more »

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In the scene with the suicide bomber, Sanborn helps James suit up into the protective gear. Sanborn attaches the protective gear to the helmet on both sides of the neck. When James turns to meet the suicide bomber, it is clearly seen that the right side portion of the protective gear near the neck is not attached to the helmet; but, right in the next scene, you can see it is. See more »

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Spc. Owen Eldridge: Aren't you glad the Army has all these tanks parked here? Just in case the Russians come and we have to have a big tank battle?
Sergeant JT Sanborn: I'd rather be on the side with the tanks, just in case, than not have 'em.
Spc. Owen Eldridge: Yeah, but they don't do anything. I mean, anyone comes alongside a Humvee, we're dead. Anybody even looks at you funny, we're dead. Pretty much the bottom line is, if you're in Iraq, you're dead. How's a fucking tank supposed to stop that?
Sergeant JT Sanborn: Would you shut the fuck up, Owen, please?
Spc. Owen Eldridge: Sorry. Just ...
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Referenced in Bob's Burgers: The Hurt Soccer (2018) See more »

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Khyber Pass
Written by Al Jourgensen (as Jourgensen) / Ministry / Paul Raven (as Raven) / Tommy Victor (as Victor)
Performed by Ministry
Courtesy of 13th Planet Records, Inc.
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The work of a master filmmaker
18 March 2009 | by 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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