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Rated R · 127 minutes · 2009

Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Director Kathryn Bigelow delivers a different sort of action picture with this thriller about a bomb squad in Iraq that gets a new leader in Staff Sgt. William James (Jeremy Renner), a man prone to taking big risks. Renner is riveting as a man who is totally crazy at one moment, and totally levelheaded the next. The film is packed with tension; watching James diffuse bombs will boost your blood pressure. Renner has been around for a while, but this Oscar-nominated performance put him on the map. This is a harrowing picture, all the more disturbing because it’s based on a war being waged right now.
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Official Site: thehurtlocker-movie.com
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Producer: Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Nicolas Chartier and Tony Mark
Cast: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Guy Pearce, Ralph Fiennes, David Morse, Evangeline Lilly, Christian Camargo, Christopher Sayegh, Suhail Aldabbach, Sam Spruell, Sam Redford and Erin Gann

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Charleston City Paper This year gave us a host of great films — one even had zombies In many areas, 2009 sucked profoundly — bad economy, bickering health-scare debate, the Yankees winning the World Series again. But at the movies, things were much better. In some years, the last couple of films on my top 10 list just fill out space; in 2009, I agonized over terrific films that didn't quite make the cut. If you're looking for entertainment or dramatic tension over the next few months, your Netflix queue could be an embarrassment of riches. by Scott Renshaw 12/30/2009
The Coast Halifax Hurt Locker masculine mirror Kathryn Bigelow contrasts the thrill of war addiction with the urge to survive daily conflict in the superb war movie. by Mark Palermo 07/30/2009
Colorado Springs Independent Masters of suspense Hitchcock had a rule about surprise and suspense. For surprise, put a bomb under a table and blow it up. For suspense, leave it there, ticking, and let people sit at the table. by Jonathan Kiefer 07/23/2009
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Portland Mercury Armed & Dangerous Kathryn Bigelow's Iraq thriller The Hurt Locker is pretty goddamn astounding. by Erik Henriksen 07/09/2009
Memphis Flyer Men at Work Iraq war drama The Hurt Locker is a gripping, immersive experience. by Chris Herrington 07/30/2009
Chicago Reader Recent History The Hurt Locker: the first post-Iraq Iraq war movie by J.R. Jones 07/09/2009
Colorado Springs Independent Opening this week The Hurt Locker, G-Force, sneak preview Funny People 07/23/2009

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