The Hurt Locker 2009

The Hurt Locker

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A well-acted, intensely shot, action filled war epic, Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker is thus far the best of the recent dramatizations of the Iraq War.

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Staff Sgt. William James (Jeremy Renner), Sgt. J.T. Sanborn (Anthony Mackie) and Specialist Owen Eldridge (Brian Geraghty) are members of a bomb-disposal unit in Baghdad. As their tour of duty enters its final weeks, the men face a set of increasingly hazardous situations, any of which could end their lives in an explosive instant.

Cast & Crew

Jeremy Renner
Staff Sergeant William James
Anthony Mackie
Sergeant JT Sanborn
Brian Geraghty
Specialist Owen Eldridge
Guy Pearce
Sergeant Matt Thompson
Ralph Fiennes
Contractor Team Leader
David Morse
Colonel Reed
Christian Camargo
Colonel John Cambridge
Suhail Aldabbach
Black Suit Man
Mark Boal
Screenwriter
Mark Boal
Producer
Tony Mark
Executive Producer
Marco Beltrami
Original Music
Buck Sanders
Original Music
Barry Ackroyd
Cinematographer
Chris Innis
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Critic Reviews for The Hurt Locker

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  • Mar 29, 2016
    Say hello to the most overrated movie of all time. This is a movie that got so much buzz because of the circumstances we were living in at the time, and with good reason. The movie has some well-made scenes, but unfortunately, the majority of the movie is just a poorly directed character arc, that doesn't work for me at all. Jeremy Renner was never my favorite actor, even though I enjoy to watch him in movies. However, I thought that his performance in this movie was sloppy and incredibly unbelievable. Kathryn Bigelow is one of the best female directors that we have, and she does a good job with the movie, but I don't know if it was Oscar-worthy. The movie is surely time for some people who like war-movies, but to me, it just didn't work.
    Lasse G Super Reviewer
  • Nov 19, 2015
    A suspenseful and thrilling war film from director Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker is a smart and uncompromising look at the lives of soldiers serving in Iraq. The story follows a bomb disposal unit as they go out on missions to deal with car bombs, suicide bombers, and IEDs, but the team leader's wild and reckless attitude soon pushes his team members to their breaking point. Jeremy Renner gives an outstanding performance, and is able to convey a lot through subtle looks and movements. Additionally, there are some strong supporting performances by Guy Pearce, Ralph Fiennes, and Evangeline Lilly. Bigelow's directing is also incredibly well-done and gives the film a gritty and raw quality. And, the writing's remarkably tight and keeps the focus on the soldiers and their personal struggles; avoiding any political commentary about the war. A provocative character drama, The Hurt Locker asks some hard questions about the effects that war has on the soldiers who fight it.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 20, 2015
    A fantastic yet different take on a modern day war movie, Instead of fast paced action we get amazing suspense nearly the whole way through the film, Some amazing acting and a breakthrough performance by Jeremy Renner, It has small bits of action but it's not what you will remember about this film, The director takes us on an emotional rollercoaster with the lives of our heroes overseas and really makes us bond with the cast, It's almost the perfect modern day war film and can see why it won film of the year at the Oscars.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 25, 2012
    It's nice that R.Fiennes, Morse and Pearce had cameos, and that the bulk of the acting was by actors i've not seen before. Its comparison to avatar is inevitable and i think it justly won the award. Purely on a personal note i'd rather see actors/esses than animation providing the actings not shit which it wasnt. Mackie and Geraghty are affable in portraying their situation while Renner hits the nail on the head with his cowboy come war addict performance. Not as tense as i was expecting and for me that's the only fault
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer

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