The Hurt Locker

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Overview

Based on the personal wartime experiences of journalist Mark Boal who adapted his experiences with a bomb squad into a fact-based, yet fictional story, director Kathryn Bigelow's Iraq War-set action thriller The Hurt Locker presents the conflict in the Middle East from the perspective of those who witnessed the fighting firsthand -- the soldiers. As an elite Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal team tactfully navigates the streets of present-day Iraq, they face the constant threat of death from incoming bombs and ...
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Overview

Based on the personal wartime experiences of journalist Mark Boal who adapted his experiences with a bomb squad into a fact-based, yet fictional story, director Kathryn Bigelow's Iraq War-set action thriller The Hurt Locker presents the conflict in the Middle East from the perspective of those who witnessed the fighting firsthand -- the soldiers. As an elite Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal team tactfully navigates the streets of present-day Iraq, they face the constant threat of death from incoming bombs and sharp-shooting snipers. In Baghdad, roadside bombs are a common danger. The Army is working to make the city a safer place for Americans and Iraqis, so when it comes to dismantling IEDs improvised explosive devices the Explosive Ordnance Disposal EOD crew is always on their game. But protecting the public isn't easy when there's no room for error, and every second spent dismantling a bomb is another second spent flirting with death. Now, as three fearless bomb technicians take on the most dangerous job in Baghdad, it's only a matter of time before one of them gets sent to "the hurt locker." Jeremy Renner, Guy Pearce, and Ralph Fiennes star.
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Special Features

Audio commentary with director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal; The Hurt Locker: Behind the scenes; Image gallery
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
There's an underlying theme both in front of and behind the camera in the explosive war thriller The Hurt Locker -- and that is craft. The story follows bomb squad Staff Sgt. William James Jeremy Renner as he comes to terms with the fact that nothing much else matters in his life other than being the best at what he can do -- which is strap on a 100-lb. suit in 110+ degree heat and walk into a dangerous situation that he knows he can handle. With 873 successful bomb diffusions under his belt, James doesn't blink, he just does. The same goes for director Kathryn Bigelow, who has already proven herself capable of standing shoulder to shoulder with the big boys of action, but hits yet another confident stride with this exercise in high-pressure filmmaking. The reason to see the engrossing Hurt Locker isn't so much to soak in the politics of war or be overwhelmed by an overblown Hollywood budget, but to be taken on a journey of one breathless scene of tension after another. On the way, the heart of the picture makes itself apparent, but until then, this is an exemplary display of craft that's sure to take your breath away. The year is 2004, and the picture begins with a disastrous bomb-disarmament scene, laying the groundwork for just how dangerous a locale Baghdad really is for these troops. As if disarming bombs weren't enough, the soldiers have to keep on constant alert for insurgents who could be anyone around them. For this, the Army needs a three-man squad -- the Explosive Ordnance Disposal EOD crew -- a small force consisting of a point person and two others supplying lookout for trouble that can come from all sides. Such is the case for Sgt. J.T. Sanborn Anthony Mackie and Specialist Owen Eldridge Brian Geraghty, who after losing their previous leader, are assigned to work under Staff Sgt. James Renner, a maverick soldier whose efficient ways don't always end up on the right side of protocol. As the men's tour winds down, the pressure gets higher and higher for the crew, with one dangerous day leading to the next. Nerves are shot; people live and die at the switch of a button or the pull of a trigger -- thus it goes when you live in "the hurt locker." Some have labeled The Hurt Locker an action film, but that's a bit deceiving. What it lacks in traditional combat scenes, it more than makes up for in nail-biting tension. With each and every set piece, Bigelow amps up the pressure in precise ways that keep the audience nailed to their seats, as if they are right there in the midst of the war zone. The absence of a score in key scenes adds to the realism, as does the handheld cinematography, complete with the same kind of slight shake and quick zooms used to best effect within documentary filmmaking. And when the picture isn't ramping up your heart rate, it switches gears and becomes an intimate character study in what war does to humankind. Whether it's facing deadly obstacles that you live to overcome or being saddled with a crew member whose adrenaline addiction has put you directly in the line of fire, the hardships of war don't leave you with a lot of easy ways to return to normality in its aftermath. Though apolitical in much of its intentions, the film does nail home that fact -- which might end up being one of the strongest wartime messages of all. Not bad for such a meager little by today's standards action film. Not bad at all.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/12/2010
  • UPC: 025192048555
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Rating:

  • Source: Summit Inc/Lionsgate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 2:10:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 10,638

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeremy Renner Staff Sgt. William James
Anthony Mackie Sgt, J.T. Sanborn
Brian Geraghty Specialist Owen Eldridge, Specialist Owen Eldrige
Guy Pearce Sgt. Matt Thompson
Ralph Fiennes Contractor Team Leader
David Morse Col. Reed
Evangeline Lilly Connie James
Christian Camargo Col. John Cambridge
Christopher Sayegh Beckham
Suhail Al-Dabbach Black Suit Man
Sam Spruell Contractor Charlie
Erin Gann Mortuary Affairs Officer
Justin Campbell Sgt. Carter
Malcolm Barrett Sgt. Foster
Ryan Tramont Guard at Liberty Gate
Technical Credits
Kathryn Bigelow Director, Producer
Barry Ackroyd Cinematographer
Ray Beckett Sound/Sound Designer
Marco Beltrami Score Composer
Mark Bennett Casting
John Bissell Musical Direction/Supervision
Mark Boal Producer, Screenwriter
David Bryan Art Director
Nicolas Chartier Producer
Chris Innis Editor
Karl Juliusson Production Designer
Jenn Lee Associate Producer
George Little Costumes/Costume Designer
Tony Mark Executive Producer
Donal McCusker Co-producer
Bob Murawski Editor
Paul N.J. Ottosson Sound/Sound Designer
Buck Sanders Score Composer
Jack Schuster Associate Producer
Greg Shapiro Producer
Richard Stutsman Special Effects Supervisor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Hurt Locker
1. A Beautiful Neighborhood [9:59]
2. Welcome to Bravo Company [6:32]
3. Break out the Suit [5:33]
4. Daisy Chain [5:15]
5. Something in the Trunk [6:45]
6. Die Comfortable [9:31]
7. Purgatory [7:00]
8. No Place for a Picnic [13:09]
9. Movement on the Tracks [5:09]
10. Punch fro Punch [7:16]
11. A Standard Mission [:01]
12. Body Bomb [6:18]
13. Security Risk [7:06]
14. Tanker Explosion in the Green Zone [7:04]
15. Man Down [5:58]
16. Too Many Locks [7:23]
17. I Want a Son [7:11]
18. Welcome to Delta Company [7:14]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Hurt Locker
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   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Audio Commentary With Director Kathryn Bigelow and Writer Mark Boal: On
      Audio Commentary With Director Kathryn Bigelow and Writer Mark Boal: Off
      The Hurt Locker: Behind the Scenes
      Image Gallery
         Play With the Q & A Recorded at the Institute of Contemporary Art, London: On
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   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English: Dolby Digital 5.1
      Spoken Languages: English 2.0 Dolby Surround
      Spoken Languages: Español: Dolby Digital 5.1
      Spoken Languages: Audio Commentary With Director Kathryn Bigelow and Writer Mark Boal
      Subtitles: None
      Subtitles: English SDH [for Deaf and Hard of Hearing]
      Subtitles: Español
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Finally, an EOD movie

    1st, let me point out that my husband is EOD. We went to theater to see the movie with half of his command. They all pretty much concurred that while this movie is a bit of a far cry as to how they really operate, it's still a really entertaining movie. There is no place for guys like "Will" in the movie, lest everyone in the vicinity get blown up. As most military guys know, you can't exactly go rogue (too many times) because the hammer of authority will come down upon you. That said, the constant threat of dying, the hot and heavy bomb suits, the robots, the tempermental personalities in conflict with one another, the strained lives back home, the silly officers who filter into a situation with the idea of taking charge yet have no idea what's going on...that is entirely true to life. They don't, however, typically take off willy-nilly chasing down bad guys in alleyways with guns blazing nor do they try to track down little friends in their 'hood. But it makes for a good story. The acting is really quite good and the directing is awesome. For anyone who likes military movies or just action movies, this one is a good bet. After all, my husband is planning on buying it as soon as it's released...

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great movie, really hits home.

    You will have so much More respect for our troops after watching this.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    excelent movie

    biased by attending land mine warfare school
    in Korea in 1954, 1st. Mar. Div.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome

    I write movie reviews for my school newspaper so I've seen it all. 2009 i had to sit through some of the worst movies i've ever seen in my life "Epic Movie" (was that 2009? I try to forget it), "Twilight", "Sorority Row", "Jennifer's Body" and...gad..."Orphan". While i was banging my head against my keyboard thinking to myself why i spent 9 bucks to see The Unborn, i stated that "there are movies that i've seen so far that are going to make me talk about for years to come...(i listed movies that were okay and good) but none are really...memorable. There are truely no movies that are going to come out in the theater that i demand you to see (all we get is big corperation Hollywoord crap fests.) Sorry, but don't see this movie. Kill it with fire and holy water." (I was still talking about The Unborn...by the way)
    While browsing Youtube ways back, i saw a trailer and ad for a movie with great reviews called The Hurt Locker. Naturally, when movies get good reviews, i make an effort to see them. Trying to find a theater to play it was hard and took quite a few gallons of gas. When i finally got to the theater, i planted down into my seat and the movie began...
    "Movie reviews by ***********. This month, The Hurt Locker: This movie made me get a boner while watching it (yes, i actually said that. I get away with a lot of things. The editor loves me...) I mean, this movie is proof that God exists and Hollywood hasn't completely sold her soul to the devil. I shouldn't even have to explain the plot. To figure the plot out yourself, go see the movie! You'd be glad you did and is well worth the 9 bucks you'll pay for it. In fact, it was the best 9 bucks i've spent this year. The reason i love it is because it's real. This isn't a gun toting badass who blows through armies of men with a gun with unlimited ammo. This isn't about a man in a suit fighting evil. This isn't about a Spec ops team deep in Iraq. These are normal US foot soilders trying to deal with day to day life in Iraq. This is what Iraq was like and still is. The characters are real and the plot is real(it is very believable.) Verdict: I want you to see this movie, if you don't I'll find you."
    Buy it, watch it, love it.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "The Hurt Locker" Exceeds Expectations

    After viewing the Academy Awards and witnessing the first Oscar to a female director (Kathryn Bigelow), I hoped that it wasn't just hype or publicity. "The Hurt Locker" does not disappoint. The compelling story grips viewers from the early scenes depicting the immense danger of the missions and takes them on an emotional ride that clearly illustrates how war is addictive. Jeremy Renner certainly deserved the Oscar nomination and appearances by Guy Pearce and Ralph Fiennes added to the high quality of the film which proved that blockbuster budgets are not necessary to produce blockbuster films. I am happy with my purchase as I am sure I will view it again and again- particularly with groups of people with whom I can share a thought-provoking intellectual discussion.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    One of the greatest movies

    This is an absolute astounding movie. You are on edge through the whole movie as the plot progress you grow and follow the characters very complex emotion. The ending left me breathless. Highly recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A unique and atmospheric war movie

    Very well made, a compelling character study rather than a statement about Iraq or war in general, and Renner does an excellent job. Additionally the sound design for this film is top notch.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Hardly a hint of reality!

    My other half is in the military, so I was anxious to watch this movie with him. Boy, were we disappointed! We were also stunned to discover this movie got nine Oscar nominations. It was absolutely not representative of the reality of how EOD missions are done (was obvious even to me as a civilian, let alone those who serve our country), and I didn't think it was even well made. I was disappointed and saddened to realize that some people will believe this is how our soldiers conduct themselves. But of course Hollywood loved it, which only makes sense when you see it and realize it was more Hollywood than military. This could have been a great movie, and the topic hardly needed the additional and fictional drama they added for effect. It's little wonder why people have such stereotyped thoughts about our soldiers when movies like this only only portray the negatives. According to this movie, they are mostly rogues going out on their own, or else about to break from PTSD. Yes, PTSD and other stress-induced issues are very real among those who serve. Yet only one soldier is portrayed as mostly sane, which was rather disheartening. I wish I hadn't wasted my money.

    1 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2011

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    If it's cheap buy it & watch it...dont pay full price

    The movie has some awesome entertaining scenes, but the plot sucks. if its like >$10 buy it & watch itbut other wise its not worth paying full price

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  • Posted November 21, 2010

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    Your HOOKED the first FIVE MINUTES...

    Watched this movie on HBO when visiting family in October, I didn't want to watch it at first, as I have family in Iraq. Within the first five minutes I was HOOKED. When I got home I purchased it for my own collection. With regard to NEGATIVE REVIEWS... THIS is ENTERTAINMENT... NOT A DOCUMENTARY! This movie ENTERTAINS... is fast paced, keeps your attention and delivers... provided you like 'war' movies! You will NOT be disappointed. If you want reality... watch the NEWS... but, then again... you CAN'T BELIEVE their stories... all the time either! Boynton Beach, FL

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Five Oscars? I Think Not!

    How did this movie get more Oscars than any other of last year? It's definitely worth a watch, it's not a bad film at all, but I will more than likely never watch it again. It got a little too boring for my taste a couple times in the movie. It's a little predictable, but not enough to ruin the experience of watching it. It does sort of open some eyes to what is happening overseas. Jeremy Renner's performance deserves an honorable mention, I think it overshadowed everyone else's.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Would not watch again.

    I don't understand why this film won best picture. It is not worth watching.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Not your average movie

    Saw this movie today seems more like a documentary. It had a few flaws, and yes Jake's character could've been a bit better. Many people complain that's there's no set plot, but I found that to be good for this movie. If you are in Iraq, you don't know what's going to happen to you,? stuff happens. Following their experience in Iraq day to day and making it intense as hell seemed like a good movie but to me I could of went with something else. It wasn't a bad movie, it was alright. But I don't get why it would win Best Picture. It's just your average soldier movie. It was really kinda boring too on quite a few areas.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Hurt Locker painfully disappointing!

    This is not the first war movie I've seen. As for why it one best picture is way beyond me. Any war movie that is based on real people or real life, should draw the audience in and make them care about the characters. I couldn't even finish the film. Character development came in canyon sized leaps, leaving the audience left behind. Backgrounds on characters was sketchy at best, and for something that was based on reality, it was lacking to say the least. I felt disconnected from the characters, and the one you kind of connect to, gets blown up at the beginning of the film. Reminds me of We Were Soldiers. I should care whether the characters live or die and I didn't. I've felt sadness for a cartoon dog dying, then men who are in the middle of a war zone. So much potential , flushed down the drain.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    HURT LOCKER

    We loved this movie. It was very real and also very moving. We would hope more people would watch this and come to see what our Men and Women do, to keep all of us safe.

    We would urge everyone to see this and talk to your "teens" about what it all means.

    God Bless us all and God Bless America

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Hurt Locker: a vision of the modern wars

    The Hurt Locker Review
    This movie was the main star of Oscar of 2010, winning for Best Movie, Best Director and several technical prizes.
    It really deserved them, although I prefer Avatar for Best Movie, for its magical images and trendsetter for leisure. If you consider the whole picture, The Hurt Locker may be considered the Best Movie with no problems.
    The Hurt Locker brings a new perspective for war, showing that in the real front there are no information, no leadership, no life. We, at home, would like to believe that our soldiers are there for a purpose, with the right picture of the situation and the enemies. The movie destroys this image, telling us another inconvenient truth that not all the technology may help save lives, or make the "fair" side wins the war.
    The movie brings a portrait of a small team expert in disarming bombs and other war traps. The group is led by a sergeant, played brilliantly by Jeremy Renner, who is said to be a war addict. The edge soldiers are led by types like him, who work without goals other than try to stay alive and do your job. The other team members are the typical soldiers we expect to find in a war: too young, trying to survive the experience and to improve the perspectives of their families, if and then they return to the US. They go there for probably many reasons, and they stay there mainly because they cannot return before their times are run out.
    There are many American movies telling something about wars. This movie brings a new perspective that may help to stop lies about the contemporary wars, with no actual dangers. Almost a century was passed since the Big War, 65 years after WW II and we continue losing people in wars, and risking losing wars.
    Happily, the Iraq war seems to go to an end, and the risk will mitigate. Let us see if the lesson is learned and new wars become rarer.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Incredibly Intense!

    Now I know what it must be like in Iraq and Afghanistan. Incredible movie; very intense and gripping. You finally begin to appreciate what the troops must endure and handle while keeping their sanity. A great movie!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Hard to fathom

    How can you define such bravery of those that volunteer for this work.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    hunt locker

    THIS MOVIE WAS A GREAT MOVIE

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good view of what it is really like for soldiers.

    I was a little disapointed since this won best picture this year. Some parts were great, but the overall message was depressing. The main character is so detached from his wife and baby. He lives for his work and is great at it. It was unclear if we are making any progress in the war. Maybe that was the point.

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