The Hurt Locker

Voltage Pictures/Grosvenor Park Media/Film Capital Europe Funds/First Light Productions & Kingsgate Films Released 2009


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Kathryn Bigelow
The Hurt Locker is a dramatic Oscar winning film directed by Kathryn Bigelow, a war film about the U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal team in the Iraq war. Mark Boal, a journalist who was stationed with a US bomb squad in 2004 in Iraq, wrote the film. Seargeant First Class William James takes a new leadership position with the Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit with the Army's Bravo Company. Seargeant J.T. Sanborn and Specialist Owen Eldgridge, who support Sergeant James as he examines and disarms the improvised explosive devices that litter the streets of Baghdad, comprise the rest of the team. One wrong move can prove to be fatal, and the team develops tension among them as the other two members frown upon James' unorthodox methods. The room for error in their field is zero, and the film is an in-depth look at the real dangers facing real people in similar situations, not only physically, but in the effect it can have on the human psyche as well. After a particularly harrowing incident occurs where James must abandon a man with a time bomb strapped to his chest, James returns home to civilian life, but with reservations about no longer doing what he believes to be his calling.moreless


Metacritic Score

  • 100

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    The best nondocumentary American feature made yet about the war in Iraq.

  • 100

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Overwhelmingly tense, overflowing with crackling verisimilitude, it's both the film about the war in Iraq that we've been waiting for and the kind of unqualified triumph that's bee...

  • 60

    Variety Derek Elley

    Boal's script stirs a little of everything into the pot, which boils down into seven setpieces divided by brief intervals of camaraderie/conflict among the three protags.

David Morse

David Morse

Colonel Reed

Ralph Fiennes

Ralph Fiennes

Contractor Team Leader

Guy Pearce

Guy Pearce

Staff Sergeant Matt Thompson

Jeremy Renner

Jeremy Renner

Sergeant First Class William James

Anthony Mackie

Anthony Mackie

Sergeant JT Sanborn

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foreign worlds, life vs. death, war hero, issues with authority, odd jobs