The Hurt Locker

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  • Trailer for this action film about a soldier who disarms bombs
  • Clip: Die comfortably

Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

"The Hurt Locker" is a riveting, suspenseful portrait of the courage under fire of the military's unrecognized heroes: the technicians of a bomb squad who volunteer to challenge the odds and save lives in one of the world's most dangerous places. Three members of the Army's elite Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) squad battle insurgents and each other as they search for and disarm a wave of roadside bombs on the streets of Baghdad-in order to try and make the city a safer place for Iraqis and Americans alike. Their mission is clear-protect and save-but it's anything but easy, as the margin of error when defusing a war-zone bomb is zero. This thrilling and heart-pounding look at the effects of combat and danger on the human psyche is based on the first-hand observations of journalist and screenwriter Mark Boal, who was embedded with a special bomb unit in Iraq. These men spoke of explosions as putting you in "the hurt locker."

Cast

  • Jeremy Renner
  • Anthony Mackie
  • Brian Geraghty
  • Guy Pearce
  • Ralph Fiennes
  • David Morse
  • Evangeline Lilly
  • Christian Camargo
  • Suhail Dabbach
  • Christopher Sayegh

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • Colin Farrell, Willem Dafoe and Charlize Theron were originally set to star.
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Goofs

  • When James initially hands Sanborn the Barrett M107 magazine, before Eldridge cleans it off, the rounds in the magazine have no bullets. In the next shot, when Sanborn receives the magazine, the rounds have bullets in them.
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Quotes

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

100

After The Hurt Locker (which is without question the most exciting and least ideological movie yet made about the war in Iraq), everyone will remember Renner's name.

Metacritic review by Dana Stevens
Dana Stevens
Slate
90

Tensely action-packed and muscularly directed by Kathryn Bigelow, this tale of an elite U.S. army bomb disposal unit in Baghdad is a familiar story in new clothes, targeted at the young male demographic.

Metacritic review by Deborah Young
Deborah Young
The Hollywood Reporter