The Hurt Locker

The Hurt Locker

Kathryn Bigelow (2008)

15 Certificate


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Point Break director Kathryn Bigelow's 2004-set account of the lives of a US Army bomb-disposal squad in Iraq focuses on the men who voluntarily put themselves next to deadly IEDs (improvised explosive devices), as well as re-creating the terrifying, chaotic Baghdad in which they work. Covering the last 38 days the squad has left in Iraq, the film follows the contrasting attitude and philosophies of a trio of soldiers, including the risk-taking Staff Sgt William James (Jeremy Renner), all of whom are aware that every job they do is potentially their last. Bigelow, one of the very few women working in the traditionally male-dominated action and war genres, avoids both red wire/yellow wire cliché and political preaching to deliver a film that is as psychologically fascinating as it is taut and exciting. Ralph Fiennes and Guy Pearce are among the well-known faces in smaller roles.


Two American bomb disposal experts operating in Iraq are assigned a new leader after their previous one dies in action. However, the sergeant's reckless attitude and love of battle consistently puts them at risk. Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar-winning drama, starring Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Guy Pearce and Ralph Fiennes.

Cast & Crew

Staff Sgt William James Jeremy Renner
Sgt JT Sanborn Anthony Mackie
Specialist Owen Eldridge Brian Geraghty
Sgt Matt Thompson Guy Pearce
Contractor team leader Ralph Fiennes
Col Reed David Morse
Connie James Evangeline Lilly
Col John Cambridge Christian Camargo
Director Kathryn Bigelow
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Optimum ReleasingGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 28 Aug 2009