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  • Actors: Jeremy Renner, Guy Pearce, Brian Geraghty, Anthony Mackie, Ralph Fiennes
  • Directors: Christian Camargo
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Alliance Films
  • Release Date: Jan. 12 2010
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002UXYD30
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,124 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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The making of honest action movies has become so rare that Kathryn Bigelow's magnificent The Hurt Locker was shown mostly in art cinemas rather than multiplexes. That's fine; the picture is a work of art. But it also delivers more kinetic excitement, more breath-bating suspense, more putting-you-right-there in the danger zone than all the brain-dead, visually incoherent wrecking derbies hogging mall screens. Partly it's a matter of subject. The movie focuses on an Explosive Ordnance Disposal team, the guys whose more or less daily job is to disarm the homemade bombs that have accounted for most U.S. casualties in Iraq. But even more, the film's extraordinary tension derives from the precision and intelligence of Bigelow's direction. She gets every sweaty detail and tactical nuance in the close-up confrontation of man and bomb, while keeping us alert to the volatile wraparound reality of an ineluctably foreign environment--hot streets and blank-walled buildings full of onlookers, some merely curious and some hostile, perhaps thumbing a cellphone that could become a trigger. This is exemplary moviemaking. You don't need CGI, just a human eye, and the imagination to realize that, say, the sight of dust and scale popped off a derelict car by an explosion half a block away delivers more shock value than a pixelated fireball.

The setting may be Iraq in 2004, but it could just as well be Thermopylae; The Hurt Locker is no "Iraq War movie." Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal--who did time as a journalist embed with an EOD unit--align themselves with neither supporters nor opponents of the U.S. involvement. There's no politics here. War is just the job the characters in the movie do. One in particular, the supremely resourceful staff sergeant played by Jeremy Renner, is addicted to the almost nonstop adrenaline rush and the opportunity to express his esoteric, life-on-the-edge genius. The hurt locker of the title is a box he keeps under his bunk, filled with bomb parts and other signatory memorabilia of "things that could have killed me." That none of it has killed him so far is no real consolation. In this movie, you never know who's going to go and when; even high-profile talent (we won't name names here) is no guarantee. But one thing can be guaranteed, and that is that almost every sequence in the movie becomes a riveting, often fiercely enigmatic set piece. This is Kathryn Bigelow's best film since 1987's Near Dark. It could also be the best film of 2009. --Richard T. Jameson

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER on July 25 2010
Format: Blu-ray
This movie is repetitive and boring. The same cowboy (Jeremy Renner) rushes in where wise men never tread to dismantle bombs, dismantle people, and dismantle our time. All the characters are one-dimensional. The story does not have any redeeming social value. There is no rhyme or reason; there is just a bunch of explosions and more explosions and more explosions.

They did borrow a tad from "All Quiet on the Western Front" by sending the dissenbomer home to an environment that did not understand him.

I would give you more details about the film but that is all there is. Okay takes place in Iraq 2004.
Actual filming Locations are "Amman, Jordan", "Kuwait", and "Langley, British Columbia, Canada."

The Blu-ray has a voice over commentary. This explains why this looks like one long commercial for a film by people that were just reporters.
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Format: DVD
How on Earth did this tosh beat Avatar in the Oscars? I can only think that the Oscars panel suffered from a complete lack of imagination and were politically motivated to publicise a film portraying heroic American troops bravely imposing Western democracy (and defending American oil interests, obviously) on another Middle Eastern rabble. There's nothing here we haven't seen before, from the jerky headache inducing hand-held camera, through the formulaic tortured navel-gazing of individuals, to insubordinate and ill disciplined (I suppose they prefer the word `maverick') American troops. And, as if that weren't enough, there's a little comedic light relief when Bravo Company stumble across a group of British mercenaries who, through their own carelessness, obviously, either end up dead or cowering behind our brave American heroes.

On the plus side, the story bowls along at a reasonable pace most of the time (although there's no plot to speak of) and there are some good action sequences.

To summarise, this is a reasonably entertaining, though somewhat overlong, utterly unoriginal and unexceptional film. I'm just glad we only borrowed it.
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By NeuroSplicer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on June 4 2010
Format: DVD
Usually success is a combination of talent, hard work and luck. Then again, a movie like this gets the Best Picture Oscar and one can only wonder: did the members of the Academy vote FOR this movie or against James Cameron? Sure, his arrogance did not make things easy; then again, one should not underestimate envy and spite as human motivation.

Inaccuracies and obvious mistakes run rampant; the Saving Private Ryan -pretentious camera shakes you into nausea; the plot line is abandoned in the sand again and again and (what is worse) there is absolutely nothing waiting at the end. No catharsis, no message, no moral, no closure. Nothing.

Platoon defined the Vietnam war not only with its realism and its ability to paint all the shades of moral ambiguity but also because because it had the guts to send a clear political message. In dire contrast, THE HURT LOCKER offers only a deafening silence on all these aspects.
The movie presents this war, with some of the sacrifices and atrocities it entails, as inevitable and expected. Keep enlisting, keep fighting and keep dying for the corporations and the banks - but don't you dare speak your opinion on the matter. Its message is a cowardly "don't ask - and we are not going to tell you why either".
Because self-censorship is the worse kind of censorship, this is Hollywood at its worse.

A spineless pseudo-documentary masquerading as an art movie. A cowardly film trying to capitalize on the stories of brave men thrown into unwinnable war.

A film made by errand boys, sent by grocery clerks, to make sure the bill of blood is being paid in full. Again and again.

Pass. With extreme prejudice.
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By K. Gordon TOP 50 REVIEWER on July 22 2012
Format: DVD
While set in Iraq, this is not a political film, it examines the psychology of men in danger, and how some
men become addicted to it.

Mostly critically lionized, but attacked by many, especially soldiers for being inaccurate.

I didn't take the film that literally, or think of it as documentary realism, but more a stylized almost poetic
look at the insanity of wars and what can happen to those caught up in them, much like 'Full Metal Jacket'.
This felt real on a meta level, not a literal one.

There were a few logic lapses that bugged me, and the impact emotionally is (by choice I felt) muted. It's
more a disturbing picture than a moving one.

But it made me think and made my heart race, and images and moments have stayed with me for a long time
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By falcon on March 7 2010
Format: DVD
wow.just finished watching this film about an hour ago,and i'm still trying to put it into words.it's basically about an elite military bomb squad unit in Iraq,whose job is made tougher because they are still very much in a combat situation.this a very powerful moving experience.riveting right to the last frame.nail biting suspense.great acting.sometimes the quite moments speak louder and more clearly than any words can.the movie is very well constructed.its all so eloquent,like a poem,a ballet.the running time may just be shy of one hundred and thirty minutes,but it sure doesn't feel that long.i could watch this film again without hesitation.war themed movies are not everyone's cup of tea obviously,but if you are a fan of the genre,you owe it to yourself to check this film out.i haven't seen a film this good in a long time.for me,The Hurt Locker is a 5/5
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