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The Hurt Locker 2008 Subtitles

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(454) IMDb 7.6/10

This is a portrayal of elite soldiers a very dangerous job - disarming bombs in combat. When new sergeant James takes over a skilled team he surprises two subordinates by recklessly plunging them into a deadly game of cat and mouse. As the men try to control their wild leader the city explodes into chaos.

Starring:
Jeremy Renner,Anthony Mackie
Runtime:
2 hours, 11 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Military & War, Drama, Thriller, Action & Adventure
Director Kathryn Bigelow
Starring Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie
Supporting actors Brian Geraghty, Guy Pearce, Ralph Fiennes, David Morse, Evangeline Lilly, Christian Camargo
Studio StudioCanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman/and/movie-fan' TOP 100 REVIEWER on 11 Jun. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
If you enjoy modern-day war-style drama's this film may well be for you.
The film is most certainly intense, and should hold your attention.
It follows 'Bravo' unit, a 'U.S' Bomb Disposal team during it's final 30 days or so of 'tour of duty'
It deals with the tensions and fears of the unit's members as they try to defuse bombs, handle suicide bombers, and of course face ambush situations.
The film is set during the American occupation of 'Bagdad' during one of the most controversial conflicts of modern times, which in truth we all have differing views of ( me ? i think it should have reached a conclusion first time around '1991', which may well have avoided the '2003' return, credibility for the action, many including myself, was a little questionable, i'm sure that many have a different opinion of it ? )
the film is so worthy of a spin.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Doc Dionysus on 24 Mar. 2012
Format: DVD
The Hurt Locker is a great film in every respect and is destined to be a classic which will be talked about in the next century. I can see, however, that some people won't 'get it' because it dispenses with most of the technical and narrative means that almost every Hollywood war movie avails itself of. But if you can put your expectations on one side, the film is amazingly fresh and powerfully moving.

The use of hand-held camera, which often has documentary resonances, together with a narrative evenness which treats all moments as equally significant could be expected to produce a distancing/alienating effect in the viewer, and if you are expecting crescendos and diminuendos it probably does just that. Yet these devices are capable of having the opposite effect, drawing the viewer into the very grit and grain and breath and terrible ambiguity of events as they unfold for a team of bomb disposal technicians operating in the dangerous streets of Iraq. Impeccable editing makes this work and you end up knowing in your bone-marrow that war is hell, that soldiers end up doing their own thing as plans give way to chaos, that for some war is nevertheless addictive, and that seemingly ordinary people are capable of insane degrees of bravery.

The direction and acting are superb and without the slightest false note. Particularly look out for a scene in which Jeremy Renner's Sergeant William James answers his compadre's question on how he faces the high probability of death day after day, and apparently without fear. With a few deft strokes, the character of William James becomes rounded, complex, utterly human and complete. [The protagonists are ambling along in an armoured vehicle, chatting rather laconically.]

Give this film a chance and it will blow you away!
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By Call me Al TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 31 Aug. 2015
Format: DVD
Fully deserving of its Oscar and BAFTA awards Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker is an ambitious, intelligent, unsentimental attempt to present the experience of war from the perspective of ordinary soldiers, in this case a small elite US Army bomb disposal team stationed in Iraq. The film’s main protagonist is Jeremy Renner’s Sgt. James, an experienced technician but also a maverick adrenaline junkie, brilliant at his job yet prone to taking calculated risks bordering on the reckless. The job of his two colleagues is to protect him as he tries to diffuse IED bombs by providing cover from possible snipers. The tension hardly relents throughout the movie as the director successfully allows us to empathise with the predicament of the soldiers, aware that death is ever present and seemingly impotent to strike out at an enemy hiding in plain sight. The cinematography and editing are masterful, as both close-up and lingering shots effectively depict the harrowing intenseness and grim realities of war. Three scenes in particular stand out for me - the car bomb, the desert ambush and the suicide bomber. This is a movie which rightly makes one reflect on many things and is definitely a film to seek out.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By The Guardian TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Mar. 2010
Format: DVD
With competition like the outstanding `District 9' and the visually stunning `Avatar' released in 3-D in 2009 (not to mention `The Blind Side'), it's difficult to understand how Kathryn Bigelow's film could justifiably be considered the best film of the year by the Academy. Life is full of surprises.

The Hurt Locker of the title refers to a box of bomb parts, fuses and detonators which Sgt William James, the main character at the centre of the story, keeps under his bed. These are souvenirs of all the bombs that almost killed him, but didn't. The film has a few plus points: building of tension, the realism of the environment (filmed in Jordan with Iraqi ex-pats playing Iraqi citizens and insurgents) and conveying the lethality and horror of the work the EOD team do. However there are too many shortcomings for this to be a great film, and classic status is an unlikely future.

First of all, there is no real plot or development of character and the story goes nowhere. From a straw poll of people I know who have also seen the film the audience does not easily warm to the three main players and frankly doesn't much care what happens to them. I certainly didn't. The characters are only one step beyond cardboard cut-outs.

Secondly, bomb disposal teams in the real world do not risk their own lives and those of colleagues recklessly by defusing lethal ordnance by hand when small robot vehicles are perfectly capable of doing the job, as shown in the first scene - not more than once anyway, without facing serious disciplinary action. The `maverick hero challenging staid authority' theme, a favorite staple of Hollywood, is pushed to incredulity here.
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