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Released Runtime Category
2009 131 Action/Adventure, War
Director Language
Kathryn Bigelow English
Actors
Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty

The Hurt Locker

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What's it About
When a small bomb-disposing crew from the U.S. Army’s Baghdad-based Explosive Ordnance Unit loses its leader to an IED placed by Iraqi insurgents, Sergeant J.T. Sanborn (Mackie) and Specialist Owen Eldridge (Geraghty) are assigned to work under Sergeant James (Renner), a skilled connoisseur of detonation devices who has neutralized hundreds of bombs. Routinely ignoring safety protocols, the maverick soldier proves himself to be a highly effective addition to the roving team, a charismatic daredevil who never flinches in the face of his dangerous daily task.
Why we love it
A tense, visceral, and technically accomplished action film, Bigelow’s “Hurt Locker” is a nail biter based on the experiences of embedded journalist Mark Boal. Both a heart-racing, incredibly suspenseful portrait of urban warfare told from the perspective of Army grunts on an insanely perilous tour of duty, the film is also an intimate character study of war’s psychological toll on the enlisted men risking their lives to face down a deadly, unseen enemy employing cell phones and IEDs. Renner’s intensity and steely physicality add to the appeal of this nerve-wracking combat drama.

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