The Hurt Locker
- Original title
The Hurt Locker
- Running time
- 125 min.
- United States
Marco Beltrami, Buck Sanders
Summit Entertainment / First Light Production / Kingsgate Films
War. Action. Thriller. Drama | Iraq War. Independent Film (US)
- Synopsis / Plot
- If war is hell, why do so many men choose to fight? In an age when armies consist not of draftees but of volunteers, and men willingly thrust themselves into military action, sometimes the rush of battle is a potent and alluring attraction, even an addiction. The Hurt Locker is an intense 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, William James (Jeremy Renner), takes over a highly trained bomb disposal team amidst violent conflict, he surprises his two subordinates, Sanborn and Eldridge (Anthony Mackie and Brian Geraghty), 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. From visionary filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker is based on first-hand observation by journalist and screenwriter Mark Boal who was stationed on assignment with a special bomb unit. Starring Jeremy Renner (Dahmer, The Assassination of Jesse James), Anthony Mackie (Half Nelson, We Are Marshall) and Brian Geraghty (We Are Marshall, Jarhead), the film couples grippingly realistic action with intimate human drama to portray soldier psychology in a high-risk profession where men volunteer to face deadly odds.
: 6 Academy Awards, including Best Movie and Best Director. 9 Nominations.
: 3 Nominations for Golden Globes: Best Movie Drama, Director, Screenplay.
: 6 BAFTA Awards, including Best Film, Director and Screenplay. 8 Nominations
: Satellite Awards: Best Film Drama, Director & Actor (Jeremy Renner)
: Critics Choice Awards: Best Picture.
: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Picture and Director.
: American Film Institute (AFI): Top 10 - Movies of the Year
: 2 Critics' Choice Awards: Best Picture and Director. 8 Nominations
2009: Chicago Film Critics Awards: 5 awards including Best Picture & Director
: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Best Film
: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Best Original Screenplay
: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Best Director
: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Nominated for Best Cast & Actor (Renner)
: Independent Spirit Awards: Nominated for Best Actor (Renner) & Sup. Actor (Mackie)
: Venice Film Festival: SIGNIS Award. Nominated for Golden Lion
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