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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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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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During filming, three, four or more hand-held super 16mm cameras were used to film scenes in documentary style. Nearly two hundred hours of footage was shot at an eye-popping 100:1 shooting ratio (a higher ratio of expended film than the notorious Francis Ford Coppola epic, Apocalypse Now (1979)). See more »

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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 »

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Staff Sergeant William James: You'll get it, though. You'll get it.
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Your Smiling Face
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dull, incredible military fantasy
7 June 2010 | by See all my reviews

With all of the drama and suspense that the Iraq War has produced, it is difficult to understand why the producers paid for a fantastic script such as the one used in this film. Beginning with the arrival of the maverick member of the bomb squad, the mood is set for an individual who does not want to play by the Army rules. The film goes downhill from there. None of the military engagements made any sense, neither military sense nor common sense. Following the first attempt at suspense, the main character (Sergeant William James - played unconvincingly by Jeremy Renner) removes his protective clothing saying "If I am going to die, I might as well be comfortable." He then removes his communication equipment. Afterwards, he was punched in the face by the platoon leader who rebukes him saying "Never take off yours ears again." Sgt. James just takes the punch neither saying nor doing anything. The scene where Sgt. James calls his wife, but says nothing, was difficult to understand, and the wife asks "Hello?" four, well-spaced times. The military confrontation that occurred after they encountered a British patrol was the best part of the film, although their poor marksmanship was hard to believe. The enemy only fired four shots, each of which killed someone. The idea that the tire wrench was ruined trying to change the tire, and the same thing happened with the second tire iron, and that the US patrol had another tire iron, should have been eliminated. The idea that three soldiers would undertake an unauthorized pursuit at night was incredible. The technique of scanning the surroundings, and showing how the locals watched the events was effective, and clearly demonstrated the terror of guerrilla warfare. In spite of the inconsistencies, poor acting and improbable scenes, this film was awarded six Oscars. Who would have guessed?


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