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The Hurt Locker (2008)

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The Hurt Locker is a American war thriller film directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by Mark Boal. It stars Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Christian Camargo, Ralph Fiennes, David Morse, and Guy Pearce. The film follows an Iraq War Explosive Ordnance Disposal team who are targeted by insurgents, and shows their psychological reactions to the stress of combat, which is intolerable to some and addictive to others. Boal drew on his experience during embedded access to write the screenplay.

The Hurt Locker premiered at the 2008 Venice International Film Festival before it was released in the United States on June 26, 2009, by Summit Entertainment. The film earned near universal acclaim from critics, who praised Bigelow’s directing, Renner’s performance, writing, and action sequences.

In 2004, Sergeant First Class William James arrives as the new team leader of a U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit in the Iraq War. He replaces Staff Sergeant Matthew Thompson, who was killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Baghdad. His team includes Sergeant J. T. Sanborn and Specialist Owen Eldridge.

James is often approached by an Iraqi youth nicknamed “Beckham”, attempting to sell DVDs. James challenges him to a game of football and takes a liking to him.

Sanborn and Eldridge consider James’ maverick disposal methods and attitude reckless, raising tensions. When they are assigned to destroy explosives, James returns to the detonation site to pick up his gloves. Sanborn openly contemplates killing him by “accidentally” triggering the explosives, making Eldridge uncomfortable. Nothing is done, and tensions continue to increase.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow

Writer: Mark Boal

Stars: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Guy Pearce, Ralph Fiennes, David Morse, Evangeline Lilly


Jeremy RennerStaff Sergeant William James
Anthony MackieSergeant JT Sanborn
Brian GeraghtySpecialist Owen Eldridge
Guy PearceSergeant Matt Thompson
Ralph FiennesContractor Team Leader
David MorseColonel Reed
Evangeline LillyConnie James
Christian CamargoColonel John Cambridge
Suhail DabbachBlack Suit Man (as Suhail Al-Dabbach)
Christopher SayeghBeckham
Nabil KoniProfessor Nabil
Sam SpruellContractor Charlie
Sam RedfordContractor Jimmy
Feisal SadounContractor Feisal
Barrie RiceContractor Chris
Imad DadudiIraqi Police Captain at UN (as Imad Daoudi)
Erin GannMortuary Affairs Officer
Justin CampbellSergeant Carter
Malcolm BarrettSergeant Foster
Kristoffer Ryan WintersSoldier at Intersection (as Kristoffer Winter)
J.J. KandelGuard at Camp Liberty Market
Ryan TramontGuard at Liberty Gate
Hani NaimiIraqi Translator (as Michael Desante)
Hasan DarwishDVD Merchant
Wasfi AmourInsurgent in the Stairwell
Nibras QassemNabil’s Wife
Ben ThomasUS Army Medic
Nader TarawnehInsurgent Sniper
Anas WellmanSoldier at UN (as Anas ‘Tipsy’ Wellman)
Omar MarioButcher
Fleming CampbellSoldier at Airfield
Mark BeharD.O.D Military Middle Eastern Language Translator
Tommy DallaceU.S. Sniper
Jeffrey FeingoldSoldier
Jerry FortunaSoldier
David GuerieraFirst Sergeant
Joseph MartinusSoldier
Kate MinesSoldier
Yousef ShweihatInsurgent Sniper

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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