2008   USA The Hurt Locker
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Director:Kathryn Bigelow
Studio:First Light Production
Writer:Mark Boal
IMDb Rating:7.7 (136,769 votes)
Awards:4 wins & 4 nominations
Genre:Drama, Thriller, War
Duration:130 min
Kathryn Bigelow  ...  (Director)
Mark Boal  ...  (Writer)
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
Evangeline Lilly  ...  Connie James
Sam Spruell  ...  Contractor Charlie
Sam Redford  ...  Contractor Jimmy
Erin Gann  ...  Mortuary Affairs Officer
Justin Campbell  ...  Sergeant Carter
Ryan Tramont  ...  Guard at Liberty Gate
Malcolm Barrett  ...  Sergeant Foster
Christopher Sayegh  ...  Beckham
Nabil Koni  ...  Professor Nabil
Feisal Sadoun  ...  Contractor Feisal
Barrie Rice  ...  Contractor Chris
Barry Ackroyd  ...  Cinematographer
Marco Beltrami  ...  Composer
Buck Sanders  ...  Composer
Comments: I don't understand all the love for this film. Kathryn Bigelow is a fine director and all, but the script for this is terrible. It's cliché from top to bottom. There's nothing here that isn't predictable macho nonsense. Given that it is purported to be written by someone embedded with real access to these army guys, I couldn't believe how unbelievable it all is. Team players don't turn off radio contact and do things the other players don't know about unless they're dumb movie characters. Generals don't then praise them for doing it, either. Of course butch boy befriends Iraqi boy for cheap shot at character depth and I call bullshit. This film is insufferably boring unless you get a rush from fantasy testosterone games. The narrative barely rises above the limits of a Powerpoint presentation.

Summary: An intense portrayal of elite soldiers who have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world: disarming bombs in the heat of combat. When a new sergeant, James, takes over a highly trained bomb disposal team amidst violent conflict, he surprises his two subordinates, Sanborn and Eldridge, by recklessly plunging them into a deadly game of urban combat. James behaves as if he's indifferent to death. As the men struggle to control their wild new leader, the city explodes into chaos, and James' true character reveals itself in a way that will change each man forever.

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