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The Hurt Locker (2009)

Cast: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, more...
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
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Studio: Summit Entertainment
Genre: Drama, Suspense/Thriller, War, Iraq
Running Time: 131 min.
Languages: English

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. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Overrated by Texan99 September 4, 2010 - 12:49 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
The huge buzz about this movie is hard to account for. While I didn't find anything particularly to dislike about it, it also didn't really make that much of an impression. Whatever the director was up to was in a frequency I must not hear very well. The scenes that worked best, I thought, were of the enormous tension that built up when the explosives experts were walking into hostile neighborhoods trying to find and disarm explosives, not knowing whether a local was standing by with a remote-operated detonation device. Those scenes, though, were not especially integrated into the film as a whole. The conception seemed muddy, overall.

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