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The Hurt Locker (Blu-ray)

Released on 28 December 2009

Featuring: Ralph Fiennes, Evangeline Lilly & Christian Camargo

Format: Blu-ray | Rating: 15 years & over

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The Hurt Locker presents an intense and unflinching 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.

Winner of the BAFTA Awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing and Best Sound.

Winner of the Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director (Kathryn Bigelow), Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Sound Mixing & Best Sound Editing.

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One of the best films of 2009, The Hurt Locker bears similarities to David Simon and Ed Burns' Generation Kill in its non-judgemental depiction of military life and the motivations of soldiers. It's a complicated and sometimes uncomfortable look into a world in which most of us will never get closer to than on our TV screens.

The fact is some soldiers, for one reason or another, like the thrill of war. Sgt. James (charismatically played by James Renner - 28 Weeks Later) is one such soldier. Not one to do things by the book, James is right at the centre of this devastating action film. Unhinged, but not without his demons, James regularly comes into conflict with his new teammates: the aspirational but conventional Sgt. Sanborn (Anthony Mackie - Notorious) and rabbit in the headlights Spc. Eldridge (Brian Geraghty - The Guardian). The proverbial `hurt locker' is one they barely keep shut. There's a job to be done, even if it does draw them closer to hell with each passing moment.

Film buffs will be pleased to learn that The Hurt Locker features sterling cameos from Guy Pearce (The Road), David Morse (16 Blocks) and Ralph Fiennes (briefly reunited with his Strange Days director). Bigelow knows her action, as Point Break, K-19: The Widowmaker and Near Dark fans will testify, and here she has created a battleground where even the camera is nervous - danger, even when it doesn't come, feels like it's everywhere.

Moving through a series increasingly fraught bomb disposals, the movie presents an apolitical view of soldiering that, whilst not being unique to the genre (Kubrick's Paths Of Glory, Coppola's Apocalypse Now, and Fuller's The Big Red One), captures a chaos and intensity seldom seen elsewhere. It's refreshing to watch a war film that doesn't preach endlessly about the nature of war, but shows you enough horror for you to make up your own mind. Overall, we can't urge you strongly enough to open The Hurt Locker and experience this masterpiece from a master director - it's an experience you will not forget in a hurry.

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 Average rating (56 reviews)

 hardly oscar material.

| | See all emperor10's reviews (277)

in a phrase, a mediocre,bog standard war movie. nothing that hasnt been done before- hand held camera,grainy film, etc etc. it was ok, but nothing special. the phrase 'best war film' conjours up 'platoon', or 'saving private ryan'. not this.


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This movie has been blown (forgive the pun) out of all proportion, it has been hailed as the best war movie ever made, and is winner of the best movie category at the Oscars 2010, for what? This is nothing special in fact Three Kings (1999) with George Cloney was a far better (Iraqi) war movie. What this movie does show however, as with most war movies involving American troops, is their inadequacy and lack of training and one scene in this movie illustrates it perfectly when a higher ranking officer joins the bomb disposal team for a day trip because hes bored and gets blown to bits (you will know where I`m coming from when you see it), totally ridiculous!
This is an "ok" movie, nothing special and definately not worth an Oscar, a lot of money must have changed hands at Hollywood this year (as usual!!!)

 Hugely disappointing!

| | See all easy4access's reviews (1)

I was really excited about this film after all the rave reviews and its success at the oscars. I have no idea where they are coming from - very slow,tame and uneventful. It's 2hrs15mins and feels like 4hrs, with an anticlimactic ending. Blueray is purposely grainy, so don't bother with it. If you liked the 2005 oscar winner 'Crash', then this is the film for you. Not impressed.

 Long and Boring

| | See all JONW789's reviews (4)

There is just no pace to the film. One scene after another with little storyline. Some reviewers have mentioned tension but for me it didn't work.
Wanted the film to be really good as I like this genre but it didn't happen. Would not recommend. Not rotten however there are many better films like this out there.

 I don't understand the hype at all

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An exceedingly slow film with very sparse moments of action. It's a a bit like Jarhead, as in, it has no real emotional core and there's no journey. It's essentially waffle with a bit of dialogue and the odd (very odd) bang. The characters are also quite dull so even they don't save this film.

I get the feeling this is the Emperor's New Clothes syndrome here. I for one realise that he's stark naked. This is an average tv movie at best.

It's certainly no Platoon - that's for sure

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ActorsRalph Fiennes, Evangeline Lilly, Christian Camargo, David Morse, Guy Pearce, Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Sam Redford, Suhail Aldabbach, Christopher Sayegh & Nabil Koni
DirectorKathryn Bigelow
Certificate15 years and over
LanguagesEnglish - DTS-HD Master Audio (5.1)
SubtitlesEnglish for the hearing impaired
Duration2 hours and 11 minutes (approx)