The Hurt Locker
Category Action , Thriller , Military/War
Year: 2008
Time: 131 minutes
Production: Voltage Pictures
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Guy Pearce, David Morse
Our Rating 7/10 - Guy Pearce should never have died
Watchability 6/10 - once you see one bomb disposed, you've seen them all
Contributed by RRJ

"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 renegade Sergeant William James (Jeremy Renner) takes command of a highly trained bomb disposal unit, he frequently risks the lives of himself and those around him with his suicidal methods and a complete disregard for danger. Caught in the middle are his subordinates Sergeant JT Sanborn (Anthony Mackie) and Specialist Owen Eldridge (Brian Geraghty), who can only watch as their leader descends further into an addiction: an addiction to war." (DVD cover)

So, how does it end?

James returns to base from a visit to the alleged house of Beckham and is immediately called into action to investigate another suspected suicide bomber. James theorizes that it was a remote detonation so urges his pals to track the killers in the city backstreets. They split up, and soon shots are heard. James and Sanborn meet up and chase men trying to kidnap the Specialist (what exactly is that guy a specialist of??).  They shoot the bad guys and Eldridge is shot in the leg - or it might have been earlier in the scuffle.

Next day they go to wave him off. He's not too happy about it and keeps moaning. He should have joined the navy. Little Beckham shows up too to confuse James.

The two man tag-team respond to one of their last calls of duty - a local guy who has been wired to blow. James approaches the poor guy, but can't get the gear off in time. They run away as he explodes.

Sanborn is sick of it all and decides he wants a son now.

They return home. James is confused by a row of cereal boxes in the local supermarket. So he decides to go back to action where he feels safer disarming bombs.

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