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
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Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win the Academy Award, the BAFTA, and the DGA for Best Director, with this film. This is also the first film to win Best Picture that was directed by a woman. See more »
Sgt. Sanborn has a Combat Infantrymans Badge CIB) along with a Parachutist Badge. Posession of a CIB would be highly unlikely due to the fact that OEF and OIF had just begun, and his tenure in the armed forces is probably no more than 10 years. Aside from small scale Special Operations skirmishes, the last combat theater where one would likely recieve this award would be in the early 90s. It's almost impossible that he served as a Infantryman in OIF, and reclassed to the time consuming MOS of an EOD technician in under 2 years.
Also, he wears his Parachutist Badge above the CIB. The CIB is worn above the Parachutists Badge. See more »
Opening Quote by Chris Hedges:
The rush of battle is often a potent and lethal addiction, for war is a drug.
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There are no opening credits, not even a title. See more »
Your Smiling Face
Written by Gerhard Narholz (as Norman Candler)
Performed by The Norman Candler Strings
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Best war movie in long time...
I liked this movie very much because, apart from being a good thriller, I believe it is a quite good psychological comment of how people function under extreme circumstances such as war.
Basically the movie introduces few different types of character and then inspects them. Firstly SSgt. James who as he says "loves only one thing..". He is a person who loves war because it gets his adrenalin pumping. Anybody who ever loved doing anything can easily understand what keeps him going, except in his case it is something, hm..., not so nice and widely excepted. This results in creating extremely dangerous situations for all the people (soldiers) that surround him. He is aware of that, and is torn by that fact but he really cannot help himself, he has no choice because he is the way he is. He seeks danger on one end, and when he finds it, he appears to be the best person to be around. A nice touch in the movie was the way in which he tries to rationally "validate" his actions by taking a righteous stand regarding the death of an innocent (not to go into the details)...
Other soldiers are a wide specter of human beings with feelings of regret, fear, compassion etc.. The people who are very much affected by the war and are changed by it. Two supporting roles of Sgt. Sanborn and Spc. Eldridge are well placed in contrast to SSgt. James for being "human". Acting is great, and all the important characters convey their state of mind very well. David Morse was in the movie for just a few seconds and played his role of a "hillbilly cowboy" marvelously as Col. Reed.
A really good movie...
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