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May be the first essential war movie to come out of this mess we're in. (Read the full review
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“War movies can be incomprehensible but good (Apocalypse Now Redux).  War movies can be "slow" but good (The Thin Red Line is a movie of internal narratives and
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“A look at the struggles happening in the real world settings occuring with another population where no civilization has been set and many are fighting to keep those from preventing
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“Yes, please, I would like to watch a guy disarm several IEDs in Iraq. Bomb-disarming scenes are the best -- and I'm not even being sarcastic. So, this movie is just a whole movie
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“One of 2009 most acclaimed films which had won quite a few awards. A war thriller. Nominated for 9 Academy Awards! Wow!!! As many as Avatar! Film was shot in Jordan and I was
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The Hurt Locker was critiqued as being "A near perfect war movie" and that truly is the case.  The Hurt Locker goes deep into the minds of an EOD teams shows how soldiers during
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“By now, you've no doubt seen this film on every Top 10 list in the world. It is an obvious choice but it is also the right choice. Bigelow managed to craft a highly explosive film
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The Hurt Locker is a 2009 American war thriller directed by Kathryn Bigelow. Shot in Jordan, the film is based on recently declassified information about a U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) (bomb squad) team in present day Iraq. The Hurt Locker is written by Mark Boal, a freelance writer who was embedded with a bomb squad.

The Hurt Locker was picked up by distributor Summit Entertainment. The film was released in the U.S. on June 26, 2009 in New York and Los Angeles, going wider on July 24, 2009.

The Hurt Locker follows a U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit as it works to defuse a series of improvised explosive devices (IED) in the streets of Iraq.

When the team's long-time bomb technician is killed, he is quickly replaced with the intelligent but impulsive Sergeant First Class William James. Team members Sergeant JT Sanborn and Specialist Owen Eldridge are initially disturbed by William's reckless behavior, but they learn to work together as a unit. It soon becomes apparent that William actually craves the feeling of mortal danger that he experiences while defusing bombs.

As the unit deals with one explosive device after another, it confronts the unpredictable and extreme violence of a growing Iraqi insurgency. Team members struggle constantly to distinguish enemy insurgents from innocent Iraqis and to protect themselves while avoiding civilian casualties. As the group's tour of duty draws to a close, each member suffers visibly from ...
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Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Genre: War
Release Date: June 26, 2009 
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: January 12, 2010
Runtime: 131 minutes
Studio: Summit Entertainment
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