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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 Aldabbach ... 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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War is a drug. See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Trivia

The 2014 Broadway revival of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" contains a running joke about how the stage and set were previously occupied by "The Hurt Locker: The Musical," which was so terrible that it closed after only one night. The director was kind enough to loan Hedwig and her band the stage for one night only, before they packed it up. Later in the show, Hedwig gets a piece of paper stuck in her foot, which turns out to be sheet music for a song titled "When Love Explodes," which is the love theme for "The Hurt Locker: The Musical." She makes her husband Yitzhak perform it, but cuts him off before he can hit the last note as she is intimidated by his natural talent. See more »

Goofs

The rank abbreviation shown on Staff Sergeant Thompson's box of personal belongings is "SGT" which is incorrect. The correct abbreviation for Staff Sergeant in the US Army is "SSG". See more »

Quotes

Staff Sergeant William James: [to Iraqi street kid] I'm gonna buy another DVD, okay? But... if it's shaky - look at me - or out of focus, or any way not 100%, I'm gonna chop off your goddamn head with a dull knife. How do you feel about... I'm just kidding, I'm just kidding.
[hands him his money]
Staff Sergeant William James: Here. You're a good kid.
[hugging kid's head]
Staff Sergeant William James: You're a good kid, aren't ya?
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Palestina
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The work of a master filmmaker
18 March 2009 | by kriglerSee 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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