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The Hurt Locker

Released on 28 December 2009

Featuring: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie & Brian Geraghty

Format: DVD | 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 To 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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Like many i have watched this film after seeing how it did at the oscars, thought i shouldn't let a potential classic war film pass me by.
After watching it, i can say it definately won't be a classic, i'm slightly confused as to why it won at the oscars. Don't get me wrong, i thought it was an entertaining film, good story and characters but i don't see why this would be rated so highly. It is very similar in feel to Black Hawk Down and no where near the likes of Platoon, Full Metal Jacket etc which i was expecting, after hearing so much about it.
A good film to watch, but don't expect too much.

 A good cure for insomnia

| | See all GodofUnreal's reviews (6)

I can't believe this won all those awards - it's boring and annoying - like any bomb disposal expert would pull on a bunch of wires, the technical inaccuracies insult the viewers intelligence. I'm sorry I wasted time watching this, never mind the money I spent.....

 very intense

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The Hurt Locker is a serious character study and a taut, suspenseful action thriller at once.

The subject matter itself - the work of a bomb expert, possibly one of the most nerve-racking jobs on the planet - yields most of the suspense but Bigelow manages to squeeze out every bit of tension of the premise.

This film to me was very apolitical - though set in Iraq, it is distinguished from most of the Iraq-themed war films in that it concentrates much more on the job itself than the political environment. Iraq seemed more like a backdrop - any other war would do, The Hurt Locker does not preach about this one specifically.

The story is deeply emotional, depicting a thoroughly disturbed individual's life in hell. Jeremy Renner gives an incredibly powerful performance as an EOD officer completely hooked on adrenaline stemming from his everyday close shaves with death.

All aspects of film-making are top-notch, from the brilliantly subversive screenplay through vivid cinematography, masterful directing and perfectly paced editing.

In its storytelling the filmmakers wisely break with traditional Hollywood narrative techniques. There is no clear antagonist, no rising action, no obvious character development and no climax. And yet the film manages to be more interesting, tense and suspenseful than any Hollywood action thriller I've seen in years while making a powerful, yet subtle statement about the insane addiction that is war. Kudos for everyone involved for making this film without compromising.

This is pure quality, cinematic storytelling at its best, a thinking man's actioner

 The Hurt Locker hits the spot

| | See all billy34's reviews (4)

If you're looking for a film with a stark political message, or a film with lengthy discussions on the pros and cons or war then this isnt it. But if what you are looking for is a film which conveys the realities of war then I would defintely recommend this.
Seen through the eyes of an American bomb disposal unit seving in Baghdad it's an unflinching portrayal of what modern warfare is like. If it lacks the wit and camaraderie of films such as Full Metal Jacket and Jarhead it more than compensates with a series of nerve jangling scenes in which its central characters (the excellent Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie) are shown going about their jobs of disarming bombs. Not since Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down have I been so impressed by a war movie.

 One of the best films around!

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This film will keep you on the edge of your seat pretty much throughout. Where as most films have a climax this doesn't, the whole film is the climax. Saw this in the cinema and came out very impressed. Gets you thinking what it must be like for the people who do that job. Don't expect an average action film, this has an exceptional story-line through great cinematography, directing and some of the best editing techniques i've ever seen and being an editor myself i know what sort of things to look for.
Worth every penny and you won't be disappointed.

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ActorsJeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Ralph Fiennes, Evangeline Lilly, Christian Camargo, David Morse, Guy Pearce, Sam Redford, Suhail Aldabbach, Christopher Sayegh & Nabil Koni
DirectorKathryn Bigelow
Certificate15 years and over
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
Duration2 hours and 4 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.