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THE HURT LOCKER

 Grade: A-

 
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Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama, Thriller and War 
Running Time: 130 min. 
Release Date: 06/26/2009 (Limited) 

MPAA Rating: R for War violence and language.

Distributor: Summit Entertainment, LLC 

 In the summer of 2004, Sergeant J.T. Sanborn and Specialist Owen Eldridge of Bravo Company are at the volatile center of the war, part of a small counterforce specifically trained to handle the homemade bombs, or Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), that account for more than half of American hostile deaths and have killed thousands of Iraqis. A high-pressure, high-stakes assignment, the job leaves no room for mistakes, as they learn when they lose their team leader on a mission. When Staff Sergeant William James takes over the team, Sanborn and Eldridge are shocked by what seems like his reckless disregard for military protocol and basic safety measures. And yet, in the fog of war, appearances are never reliable for long. Is James really a swaggering cowboy who lives for peak experiences and the moments when the margin of error is zero - or is he a consummate professional who has honed his esoteric craft to high-wire precision? As the fiery chaos of Baghdad swirls around them, the men struggle to understand and contain their new leader long enough for them to make it home. They have only 38 days left in their tour of Iraq, but with each new mission comes another deadly encounter, and as James blurs the line between bravery and bravado, it seems only a matter of time before disaster will strike.

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This could be the Apocalypse Now of the Gulf War. Jeremy Renner turns in a memorable performance as the "Wild Man" leader of a Explosive Ordinance Disposal team in a film that will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout. After watching this one you will begin to understand the conflict that many U.S. troops experience while serving and the haunting memories they bring back home.

Grade: A-
01/23/2010 - Bob Stanza
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