Hurt Locker

Hurt Locker

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Director: Kathryn Bigelow

Cast: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie


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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 whoSee more details below

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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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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:
Original Release:
Summit Inc/Lionsgate
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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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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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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