The Hurt Locker

The Hurt Locker

DVD - 2010
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US Army Staff Sergeant Will James, Sergeant J.T. Sanborn and Specialist Owen Eldridge comprise the Bravo Company's bomb disposal unit stationed in Baghdad. James is the tech team leader. When James arrives on the scene, Bravo Company has thirty-nine days left on its current deployment. It will be a long thirty-nine days for Sanborn and Eldridge whose styles do not mesh with their new leader. James' thrill of the dismantlement seems to be the ultimate goal regardless of the safety of his fellow team members, others on the scene or himself. On the other hand, Sanborn is by the books: he knows his place and duty and trusts others in the army to carry out theirs as well as he. Eldridge is an insecure soldier who is constantly worried that an error or misjudgment on his part will lead to the death of an innocent civilian or a military colleague. While the three members face their own internal issues, they have to be aware of any person at the bomb sites, some of who may be bombers themselves.


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Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, this film made her the first and only woman to win an Academy Award for Best Director.

This Oscar-winning film takes a powerful look at the war in Iraq while also showing how it can be difficult for returning veterans to adjust to domestic life.

It's great to see the wonderfully talented female director Kathryn Bigelow behind this intense film about the Iraq War. I still love Point Break too.

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May 27, 2019

Loved this movie....tense moments

It is a well done movie, but, in the end it makes no statement, whatsoever, of any importance.
Felt like an enormous waste of 2 hours.

Jan 26, 2018

I thought this was good.

Aug 31, 2017

I often disagree with Oscar selections; this was another one.
I missed any tension or terror - I saw only testosterone-driven psychotics in a war that hawks love because it advances US values of global domination.

Aug 25, 2017

I thought it was okay, not a big fan of war movies. Not much of a plot in this one.

Jul 02, 2016

I liked this movie a lot more than I thought I would.

Jul 01, 2016

Interesting movie. After seeing it I looked on Wikipedia and saw that the "wild" Jeremy Renner character is really not what the Army is looking for to defuse explosives.

Jun 02, 2016

The title of director Kathryn Bigelow’s horrifying journey into darkness is GI slang for any severe injury sustained in battle. But injuries come in many different guises and if war is indeed a drug, as attested by the film’s opening quote by journalist Chris Hedges, then it is one of the most destructive of addictions. With the incisive eye of a documentarian Bigelow proves quite adept at maintaining an atmosphere of chaotic tension, switching from long strained takes to jiggling handheld verité as she recreates a dust-choked Baghdad of burned out cars and crumbled walls where half seen faces peer out of every recess and an innocuous pile of rubble could conceal a deadly threat. Under a scorching sun, their camouflage gear seemingly out of place amongst the market stalls and scrambling children, her characters move in a constant state of controlled anxiety knowing that any wrong move may prove to be their last. But as each man faces that heart of darkness which seems to saturate everything around them Bigelow presents three very different responses: one despairs over a life of quiet domesticity he may never live to see; one sees the nightmare for what it is and the knowledge preys upon his sanity; and yet another finds within the adrenaline rush a way to keep his own demons at bay. Not so much a war movie as it is a psychological treatise on the hidden casualties of battle, Bigelow takes great pains to avoid proselytizing to either side but instead allows events to unfold as they will. In the process she treats her audience to some haunting imagery—a soldier moves ominously through a pall of smoke; a setting sun turns blood red; a dead child lies sprawled on a kitchen table—and a powerful soundtrack of melancholy notes and apocalyptic wails. Its Oscars for Best Picture and Director were well deserved.

Jul 03, 2015

I am not on board with the vast majority. I wasn't overwhelmed with this flick despite its widespread high praise.

Nov 01, 2014

Not your grandfather's stereotypical war movie, this film portrays war against civilian warriors without uniforms and rarely seen, high tech weapons, homemade bombs, booby traps and a remote controlled detection robot. The camera finds complex humans, domestic and foreign, responding to constant chaos. Can overexposure to chaos become addictive for some?

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lilmisslibrary Sep 28, 2010

Violence: Very upsetting scene with a bomb and a young boy.

Aug 16, 2010

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

Jul 19, 2010

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

Jul 19, 2010

Violence: This title contains Violence.


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Jan 26, 2018

Staff Sergeant William James: There's enough bang in there to send us all to Jesus. I'm gonna die, I wanna die comfortable.

Apr 21, 2010

Well if he wasn't an insurgent before, he is one now.

Apr 21, 2010

You know, this doesn't have to be a bad time in your life. Going to war is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It could be fun.


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