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The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker
is a 2008 American war thriller film directed by Kathryn Bigelow
Kathryn Bigelow
and written by Mark Boal
Mark Boal
released on June 26, 2009. It stars Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Christian Camargo, Ralph Fiennes, David Morse, and Guy Pearce. The film follows an Iraq War
Iraq War
Explosive Ordnance Disposal team who are targeted by insurgents, and shows their psychological reactions to the stress of combat, which is intolerable to some and addictive to others. Boal drew on his experience during embedded access to write the screenplay. The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker
was nominated for nine Academy Awards
Academy Awards
and won six, including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, making it the first Best Picture winner by a female director; Bigelow also became the first female director to win Best Director.

Contents

1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Production

3.1 Writing 3.2 Casting 3.3 Filming 3.4 Cinematography 3.5 Editing

4 Reception

4.1 Critical response 4.2 Top ten lists 4.3 Response among veterans

5 Lawsuits

5.1 Sarver lawsuit 5.2 Copyright infringement lawsuit

6 Release

6.1 Festival screenings 6.2 Theatrical run 6.3 Distribution: Independent film print shortage 6.4 Home media

7 Awards and accolades 8 See also 9 References 10 Bibliography 11 Further reading 12 External links

Plot[edit] In 2004, Sergeant First Class
Sergeant First Class
William James, a former U.S. Army Ranger, arrives as the new team leader of a U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit in the Iraq
Iraq
War. He replaces Staff Sergeant Matthew Thompson, who was killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Baghdad. His team includes Sergeant J. T. Sanborn and Specialist Owen Eldridge. James is often approached by an Iraqi youth nicknamed "Beckham" attempting to sell DVDs. James challenges him to a game of soccer and takes a liking to him. Sanborn and Eldgridge consider James' maverick disposal methods and attitude reckless, raising tensions. When they are assigned to destroy explosives, James returns to the detonation site to pick up his gloves. Sanborn openly contemplates killing him by "accidentally" triggering the explosives, making Eldridge uncomfortable. Nothing is done and tensions continue to increase. Returning to Camp Victory
Camp Victory
in their Humvee, the team encounters five armed men in traditional Arab garb and casual attire standing near a Ford Excursion, which has a flat tire. James' team has a tense encounter with their leader, who reveals that they are private military contractors and British mercenaries. They have captured two prisoners featured on the most-wanted Iraqi playing cards. The group comes under fire; when the prisoners attempt to escape in the confusion, the leader of the mercenaries shoots them, as they are valuable dead or alive. Enemy snipers kill three of the mercenaries, including their leader. Sanborn and James borrow a gun to dispatch three attackers, while Eldridge kills a fourth. During a raid on a warehouse, James discovers a body he believes is Beckham, in which a bomb has been surgically implanted. During evacuation, Lieutenant Colonel John Cambridge, the camp's psychiatrist and a friend of Eldridge, is killed in an explosion; Eldridge blames himself for his death. James breaks into the house of an Iraqi professor, seeking revenge for Beckham, but his search reveals nothing. Called to a petrol tanker detonation, James decides to hunt for the insurgents responsible, guessing they are still nearby. Sanborn protests, but when James begins a pursuit, he and Eldridge reluctantly follow. After they split up, insurgents capture Eldridge. James and Sanborn rescue him but accidentally shoot him in the leg. The following morning, James is approached by Beckham, who he believed was dead, and walks by silently. Before being airlifted for surgery, Eldridge angrily blames James for his injury. James and Sanborn's unit is called to another mission in their last two days of their rotation. An innocent Iraqi civilian has had a bomb vest strapped to his chest. James tries to cut off the locks to remove the vest, but there are too many of them. He abandons the man, who is killed when the bomb explodes. Sanborn is distraught by the man's death. He confesses to James that he can no longer cope with the pressure, and wants to return home and have a son. After Bravo Company's rotation ends, James returns to his ex-wife Connie and their infant son, who still live with him in his house. However, he is bored by routine civilian life. James confesses to his son that there is only one thing that he knows he loves. He starts another tour of duty, serving with Delta Company, a U.S. Army EOD unit on its 365-day rotation. Cast[edit]

Jeremy Renner
Jeremy Renner
as Sergeant First Class
Sergeant First Class
William James Anthony Mackie
Anthony Mackie
as Sergeant J. T. Sanborn Brian Geraghty
Brian Geraghty
as Specialist Owen Eldridge Guy Pearce
Guy Pearce
as Staff Sergeant Matthew Thompson Christian Camargo
Christian Camargo
as Lieutenant Colonel John Cambridge David Morse as Colonel Reed Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes
as the leader of a Private Military Company
Private Military Company
unit Evangeline Lilly
Evangeline Lilly
as Connie James Christopher Sayegh as Beckham Malcolm Barrett as Sergeant Foster Sam Spruell as Contractor Charlie

Production[edit] The small-budget film was independently produced and directed by Kathryn Bigelow
Kathryn Bigelow
and the screenplay was written by Mark Boal, a freelance writer who was embedded as a journalist in 2004 with a U.S. Army EOD team in Iraq. It stars Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, and Brian Geraghty. The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival
Venice Film Festival
in Italy during 2008. After being shown at the Toronto International Film Festival, it was picked up for distribution in the United States by Summit Entertainment. In May 2009, it was the Closing Night selection for Maryland Film Festival. The film was released in the United States on June 26, 2009 but received a more widespread theatrical release on July 24, 2009. Since the film was not released in the United States until 2009, it was eligible for the Academy Awards
Academy Awards
only the following year, where it was nominated for nine Academy Awards. Although the film had not recovered its budget by the time of the ceremony,[2] it won six Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director for Bigelow (the first woman to win this award), and Best Original Screenplay for Boal. Writing[edit] The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker
is based on accounts of Mark Boal, a freelance journalist who was embedded with an American bomb squad in the war in Iraq
Iraq
for two weeks in 2004.[3] The director Kathryn Bigelow
Kathryn Bigelow
was familiar with Boal's work before his experiences, having adapted one of his Playboy
Playboy
articles as the short-lived television series The Inside in 2002. When Boal was embedded with the squad, he accompanied its members 10 to 15 times a day to watch their tasks, and kept in touch with Bigelow via email about his experiences.[4] Boal used his experiences as the basis of a fictional drama based on real events. He said of the film's goal, "The idea is that it's the first movie about the Iraq War
Iraq War
that purports to show the experience of the soldiers. We wanted to show the kinds of things that soldiers go through that you can't see on CNN, and I don't mean that in a censorship-conspiracy way. I just mean the news doesn't actually put photographers in with units that are this elite."[5] Bigelow was fascinated with exploring "the psychology behind the type of soldier who volunteers for this particular conflict and then, because of his or her aptitude, is chosen and given the opportunity to go into bomb disarmament and goes toward what everybody else is running from."[6] While working with Boal in 2005 on the script, originally titled The Something Jacket, Bigelow began to do some preliminary, rough storyboards to get an idea of the specific location needed. Bomb disarmament protocol requires a containment area. She wanted to make the film as authentic as possible and "put the audience into the Humvee, into a boots-on-the-ground experience."[6] Casting[edit]

Jeremy Renner

Anthony Mackie

Brian Geraghty

For the main characters, Bigelow made a point of casting relatively unknown actors: "it underscored the tension because with the lack of familiarity also comes a sense of unpredictability."[6] Renner's character, Sergeant First Class
Sergeant First Class
William James, is a composite character, with qualities based on individuals whom screenwriter Boal knew when embedded with the bomb squad.[4] Bigelow cast Renner based on his work in Dahmer, a film about Jeffrey Dahmer, the notorious serial killer whose victims were boys.[7] To prepare for the film, Renner spent a week living and training at Fort Irwin, a U.S. military reservation in the Mojave Desert
Mojave Desert
in California. He was taught to use C4 explosives, learned how to render safe improvised explosive devices, and how to wear a bomb suit.[7] Mackie plays Sergeant J. T. Sanborn. Describing the experience of filming in Jordan
Jordan
in the summer, he said, "It was so desperately hot, and we were so easily agitated. But that movie was like doing a play. We really looked out for each other, and it was a great experience. It made me believe in film."[8] Several hundred thousand refugees of Iraq
Iraq
live in Jordan. Bigelow cast refugees who had theatrical backgrounds, such as Suhail Aldabbach. He plays the innocent man used as a suicide bomber at the film's end.[4] Filming[edit] The film was shot in Jordan, within miles of the Iraqi border, to achieve Bigelow's goal of authenticity. Iraqi refugees were used for extras and the cast worked in the intense heat of the Middle East. The filmmakers had scouted for locations in Morocco, but director Kathryn Bigelow felt its cities did not resemble Baghdad. In addition, she wanted to get as close to the war zone as possible. Some of the locations were less than three miles from the Iraq
Iraq
border.[9] She had wanted to film in Iraq, but the production security team could not guarantee their safety from snipers.[6] Principal photography began in July 2007 in Jordan
Jordan
and Kuwait. Temperatures averaged 120 °F (49 °C) over the 44 days of shooting.[5][6][7] Often four or more camera crews filmed simultaneously, which resulted in nearly 200 hours of footage.[9][10] The producer Greg Shapiro spoke about security concerns of filming in Jordan, "It was interesting telling people we were going to make the movie in Jordan
Jordan
because the first question everybody asked was about the security situation here." Her choice to film in the Kingdom met some resistance. In discussion, Bigelow found that her cast and crew shared stereotypes of the region from American culture. "Sadly people in America and Los Angeles have these perceptions", she said. "But once you get off the plane you realise it's like Manhattan without the trees", she continued. As Iraq dominated discourse in America and across the world, Bigelow believed that filmmakers would continue to explore the conflict, making Jordan the natural place to film.[11] According to producer Tony Mark, the blood, sweat and heat captured on-camera in the production was mirrored behind the scenes.

"It's a tough, tough movie about a tough, tough subject", Mark said in an interview, "There was a palpable tension throughout on the set. It was just like the onscreen story of three guys who fight with each other, but when the time comes to do the work, they come together to get the job done."[12]

Renner remembered, "I got food bugs. Then I got food poisoning: lost 15 lbs in three days".[7] In addition to the burden of the heat, the bomb suit he had to wear all day weighed 80–100 lb (36–45 kg).[13] In a scene in which his character carries a dead Iraqi boy, Renner fell down some stairs and twisted his ankle, which delayed filming because he could not walk. At that point, "people wanted to quit. All the departments were struggling to get their job done, none of them were communicating".[7] A week later, filming resumed.[7] The producer Tony Mark recalled the armorer David Fencl's finishing a 12-hour day. He found he had to stay up all night to make proper ammunition for a sniper rifle, as the supplies did not clear Jordanian customs in time for the scheduled shoot.[12] Due to import restrictions on military props, the film's special effects artist Richard Stutsman used Chinese fireworks for gunpowder. One day, he was assembling a prop, and the heat and friction caused the fireworks to blow up in his face. Two days later, he returned to work.[7] The film shoot had few of the normal Hollywood perks; nobody on the set got an air-conditioned trailer or a private bathroom.[12] Renner said that great care was taken to ensure the film's authenticity.[14] According to Renner, shooting the film in the Middle East contributed to this. "There were two-by-fours with nails being dropped from two-story buildings that hit me in the helmet, and they were throwing rocks.... We got shot at a few times while we were filming", Renner said. "When you see it, you're gonna feel like you've been in war."[15]

"You can't fake that amount of heat", Mackie says, adding, "When you are on set and all of the extras are Iraqi refugees, it really informs the movie that you're making. When you start hearing the stories from a true perspective ... of people who were actually there, it gives you a clear viewpoint of where you are as an artist and the story you would like to tell. It was a great experience to be there."[16]

Cinematography[edit] For the film, Bigelow sought to immerse audiences "into something that was raw, immediate and visceral". Impressed with cinematographer Barry Ackroyd's work on United 93 and The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Bigelow invited him to work on her film. While the film was independently produced and filmed on a low budget, Bigelow used four Super 16 mm cameras to capture multiple perspectives, saying,

"That's how we experience reality, by looking at the microcosm and the macrocosm simultaneously. The eye sees differently than the lens, but with multiple focal lengths and a muscular editorial style, the lens can give you that microcosm/macrocosm perspective, and that contributes to the feeling of total immersion."[17]

In staging the film's action sequences, Bigelow did not want to lose a sense of the geography and used multiple cameras to allow her to "look at any particular set piece from every possible perspective."[6] Editing[edit] The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker
was edited by Chris Innis and Bob Murawski.[18][19] The two editors worked with almost 200 hours of footage from the multiple hand-held cameras in use during the shoot.[19] Adding to the challenge, Boal's screenplay had a non-traditional, asymmetrical, episodic structure. There was no traditional "villain", and tension was derived from the characters' internal conflicts and the suspense from the explosives and snipers.[19]

"This movie is kind of like a horror film where you're unable to see the killer," says Innis. "You know a bomb could go off at any minute, but you never know just when it's going to happen, so the ideas of [Alfred] Hitchcock—about making your audience anxious—were influential for us when we did the editing."[20]

The raw footage was described as a "hodge-podge of disconnected, nausea-inducing motion that was constantly crossing the 180-degree line".[19] Innis spent the first eight weeks editing the film on location in Jordan, before returning to Los Angeles, where she was joined by Murawski. The process took over eight months to complete.[18][21] The goal was to edit a brutally realistic portrayal of the realities of war, using minimal special effects or technical enhancement.[18][19] Innis stated that they "really wanted the film to retain that 'newsreel' documentary quality... Too many stage-y effects would have been distracting. The editing in this film was all about restraint".[18] Editing on location led to additional complications in post-production. The production was unwilling to risk sending undeveloped film through high-security airports where the cans could be opened, X-rayed, or damaged. Accordingly, film was hand-carried on a flight by a production assistant from Amman to London. After the Super 16mm film was transferred to DVcam at a lab in London, the video dailies were transported by plane back to the Middle East to be imported into the editing system. The whole journey would take anywhere from three days to a week and was described by Innis as the "modern-day equivalent of shipping via donkey cart".[19] The low production budget and the lack of a developed film infrastructure in the area hampered the process, according to Innis. "We were working with grainy Super 16mm film, editing in standard definition. We tried doing FTP downloads, but at the time the facilities in Jordan
Jordan
simply couldn't handle it."[18][19] The producer Tony Mark later negotiated the use of a local radio station late at night to receive low-grade QuickTime
QuickTime
clips over the Internet so the crew would not be shooting blindly.[19] Reception[edit] Critical response[edit] The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker
received universal acclaim, with Renner's performance receiving praise from critics. Rotten Tomatoes
Rotten Tomatoes
gives the film an approval rating of 97%, based on 271 reviews, with a weighted average rating of 8.5/10. It was the second highest-rated film of 2009, behind Pixar's Up. The critics' consensus reads, "A well-acted, intensely shot, action filled war epic, Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker
is thus far the best of the recent dramatizations of the Iraq
Iraq
War."[22] Metacritic, which assigns a normalized score, gave the film an average score of 94 out of 100, based on 35 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[23] Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
of The Chicago Sun Times
The Chicago Sun Times
rated the film as the best of 2009, writing, " The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker
is a great film, an intelligent film, a film shot clearly so that we know exactly who everybody is and where they are and what they're doing and why." He applauded how the suspense was built, calling the film "spellbinding". Ebert considered Renner "a leading contender for Academy Awards", writing, "His performance is not built on complex speeches but on a visceral projection of who this man is and what he feels. He is not a hero in a conventional sense."[24] He eventually ranked it the second-best film of the decade, behind only Synecdoche, New York.[25] Richard Corliss
Richard Corliss
of Time magazine also spoke highly of Renner's performance, calling it a highlight of the film. Corliss wrote,

"He's ordinary, pudgy-faced, quiet, and at first seems to lack the screen charisma to carry a film. That supposition vanishes in a few minutes, as Renner slowly reveals the strength, confidence and unpredictability of a young Russell Crowe. The merging of actor and character is one of the big things to love about this movie ... It's a creepy marvel to watch James in action. He has the cool aplomb, analytical acumen and attention to detail of a great athlete, or a master psychopath, maybe both."

Corliss praised the film's "steely calm" tone, reflective of its main character. Corliss summarized, " The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker
is a near-perfect movie about men in war, men at work. Through sturdy imagery and violent action, it says that even Hell needs heroes."[26] A. O. Scott
A. O. Scott
of The New York Times
The New York Times
called The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker
the best American feature film yet made about the war in Iraq:

"You may emerge from The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker
shaken, exhilarated and drained, but you will also be thinking ... The movie is a viscerally exciting, adrenaline-soaked tour de force of suspense and surprise, full of explosions and hectic scenes of combat, but it blows a hole in the condescending assumption that such effects are just empty spectacle or mindless noise."

Scott noticed that the film reserved criticism of the war but wrote of how the director handled the film's limits, "Ms. Bigelow, practicing a kind of hyperbolic realism, distills the psychological essence and moral complications of modern warfare into a series of brilliant, agonizing set pieces." He also applauded the convergence of the characters in the film, saying that it "focuses on three men whose contrasting temperaments knit this episodic exploration of peril and bravery into a coherent and satisfying story."[27] Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
wrote that the performances of Renner, Mackie, and Geraghty would raise their profiles considerably, and said their characters reveal their "unlooked-for aspects", such as Renner's character being playful with an Iraqi boy. Turan applauded Boal's "lean and compelling" script and said of Bigelow's direction, "Bigelow and her team bring an awesome ferocity to re-creating the unhinged mania of bomb removal in an alien, culturally unfathomable atmosphere."[28] Guy Westwell of Sight & Sound wrote that the cinematographer Barry Ackroyd provided "sharp handheld coverage" and that Paul N.J. Ottosson's sound design "uses the barely perceptible ringing of tinnitus to amp up the tension."[29] Westwell praised the director's skill:

"The careful mapping of the subtle differences between each bomb, the play with point of view ... and the attenuation of key action sequences ... lends the film a distinctive quality that can only be attributed to Bigelow's clever, confident direction."[29]

The critic noted the film's different take on the Iraq
Iraq
War, writing that "it confronts the fact that men often take great pleasure in war."[29] He concluded,

"This unapologetic celebration of a testosterone-fuelled lust for war may gall. Yet there is something original and distinctive about the film's willingness to admit that for some men (and many moviegoers) war carries an intrinsic dramatic charge."[29]

Amy Taubin of Film Comment
Film Comment
described The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker
as "a structuralist war movie" and "a totally immersive, off-the-charts high-anxiety experience from beginning to end." Taubin praised Ackroyd's "brilliant" cinematography with multiple viewpoints. She said of the film's editing, " Bob Murawski and Chris Innis's editing is similarly quick and nervous; the rapid changes in POV as they cut from one camera's coverage to another's makes you feel as if you, like the characters, are under threat from all sides."[30] Joe Morgenstern
Joe Morgenstern
of The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal
called it "A first-rate action thriller, a vivid evocation of urban warfare in Iraq, a penetrating study of heroism and a showcase for austere technique, terse writing and a trio of brilliant performances."[31] The Toronto Star critic Peter Howell said, "Just when you think the battle of Iraq war dramas has been fought and lost, along comes one that demands to be seen... If you can sit through The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker
without your heart nearly pounding through your chest, you must be made of granite."[32] Entertainment Weekly's film critic Lisa Schwarzbaum gave the film the rare "A" rating, calling it, "an intense, action-driven war pic, a muscular, efficient standout that simultaneously conveys the feeling of combat from within as well as what it looks like on the ground. This ain't no war videogame."[33] Derek Elley of Variety found The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker
to be "gripping" as a thriller but felt that the film was weakened by, "its fuzzy (and hardly original) psychology." Elley wrote that it was unclear to know where the drama lay: "These guys get by on old-fashioned guts and instinct rather than sissy hardware—but it's not a pure men-under-stress drama either." The critic also felt that the script showed "signs of artificially straining for character depth."[34] Anne Thompson, also writing for Variety, believed The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker
to be a contender for Best Picture, particularly based on the unique subject matter pursued by a female director and on being an exception to other films about the Iraq
Iraq
War, which had performed poorly.[35] Tara McKelvey from The American Prospect wrote that the film is pro-U.S. Army propaganda, although it suggests it is anti-war with the opening statement: "War is a drug." She continues,

"You feel empathy for the soldiers when they shoot. And in this way, the full impact of the Iraq
Iraq
war—at least as it was fought in 2004—becomes clear: American soldiers shot at Iraqi civilians even when, for example, they just happened to be holding a cell phone and standing near an IED." She concludes, "For all the graphic violence, bloody explosions and, literally, human butchery that is shown in the film, The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker
is one of the most effective recruiting vehicles for the U.S. Army that I have seen."[36]

John Pilger, journalist and documentarian, criticized the film in the New Statesman, writing that it "offers a vicarious thrill via yet another standard-issue psychopath high on violence in somebody else's country where the deaths of a million people are consigned to cinematic oblivion."[37] In 2010, the Independent Film & Television Alliance selected the film as one of the 30 Most Significant Independent Films of the last 30 years.[38] The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker
was named the tenth "Best Film of the 21st Century So Far" in 2017 by The New York Times
The New York Times
chief film critics A. O. Scott
A. O. Scott
and Manohla Dargis.[39] Top ten lists[edit] The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker
was listed on many critics' top ten lists.[40]

1st – David Ansen, Newsweek 1st – J. Hoberman, The Village Voice 1st – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times 1st – Claudia Puig, USA Today 1st – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly 1st – Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle 1st – Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly 1st – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times 1st – Mike Scott, The Times-Picayune 1st – Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News 1st – Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal 1st – Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader 1st – David Germain, Associated Press[41] 2nd – A.O. Scott, The New York Times 2nd – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle 2nd – Tasha Robinson, The A.V. Club 2nd – Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun 2nd – Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald 2nd – Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News 2nd – J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader 2nd – Michael Rechtshaffen, Ray Bennett, & Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter 3rd – Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times 3rd – Christy Lemire, Associated Press[42] 3rd – V.A. Musetto, New York Post 3rd – David Fear, Time Out New York 3rd – Richard Roeper 3rd – Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter 3rd – Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly 4th – Richard Corliss, Time 4th – Ty Burr, Boston Globe 4th – Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer 4th – Liam Lacey, The Globe & Mail 4th – Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter 5th – Nathan Rabin, The A.V. Club 5th – James Berardinelli, Reelviews 5th – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune 5th – Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York 5th – Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle 5th – Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch 6th – Stephen Holden, The New York Times 6th – Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer 7th – Ty Burr, Boston Globe 7th – Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle 9th – Kimberly Jones, Austin Chronicle 9th – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly 10th – Keith Phipps & Scott Tobias, The A.V. Club 10th – David Edelstein, New York Magazine Top 10 (listed alphabetically) – Manohla Dargis, The New York Times Top 10 (listed alphabetically) – Bob Mondello, NPR Top 10 (listed alphabetically) – David Denby, The New Yorker Top 10 (listed alphabetically) – Dana Stevens, Slate

Response among veterans[edit] The film was criticized by some Iraq
Iraq
veterans and embedded reporters for inaccurately portraying wartime conditions.[43] Writing for The Huffington Post, Iraq
Iraq
veteran Kate Hoit said that The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker
is "Hollywood's version of the Iraq
Iraq
war and of the soldiers who fight it, and their version is inaccurate." She described the film as being more accurate than other recently released war films, but expressed concerns that a number of errors—among them wrong uniforms, lack of radio communication or misbehavior of the soldiers—would prevent service members from enjoying the film.[44] Author Brandon Friedman, also a combat veteran of Iraq
Iraq
and Afghanistan, shared a similar view at VetVoice: " The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker
is a high-tension, well-made, action movie that will certainly keep most viewers on the edges of their seats. But if you know anything about the Army, or about operations or life in Iraq, you'll be so distracted by the nonsensical sequences and plot twists that it will ruin the movie for you. It certainly did for me." Friedman criticized the inaccuracy of the film's representation of combat, saying "in real life, EOD techs don't conduct dangerous missions as autonomous three-man teams without communications gear ... Another thing you'll rarely hear in combat is an EOD E-7 suggesting to two or three of his guys that they leave the scene of an explosion in an Iraqi city by saying: 'C'mon, let's split up. We can cover more ground that way.'"[45] At the blog Army of Dude, infantryman and Iraq
Iraq
veteran Alex Horton noted that "the way the team goes about their missions is completely absurd." He still generally enjoyed it and called it "the best Iraq movie to date."[46] Troy Steward, another combat veteran, wrote on the blog Bouhammer that while the film accurately depicted the scale of bomb violence and the relations between Iraqis and troops, "just about everything else wasn't realistic." Steward went on to say: "I was amazed that a movie so bad could get any kind of accolades from anyone."[47] A review published March 8, 2010 in the Air Force Times[48] cited overall negative reviews from bomb experts in Iraq
Iraq
attached to the 4th Brigade, 1st Armored Division, quoting a bomb disposal team leader who called the film's portrayal of a bomb expert "grossly exaggerated and not appropriate," and describing the lead character as "more of a run and gun cowboy type … exactly the kind of person that we're not looking for." Another bomb disposal team member said that the lead character's "swagger would put a whole team at risk. Our team leaders don't have that kind of invincibility complex, and if they do, they aren't allowed to operate. A team leader's first priority is getting his team home in one piece." On the embedded side, former correspondent for The Politico
The Politico
and Military Times Christian Lowe (who embedded with U.S. military units each year from 2002 to 2005) explained at DefenseTech: "Some of the scenes are so disconnected with reality to be almost parody."[49] Former British bomb disposal officer Guy Marot said, “James makes us look like hot-headed, irrational adrenaline junkies with no self-discipline. It’s immensely disrespectful to the many officers who have lost their lives.” [50] On the other hand, Henry Engelhardt, an adjutant with the National Explosive Ordnance Disposal Association having twenty years' experience in bomb defusal, complimented the film's atmosphere and depiction of the difficulties of the job, saying, "Of course, no film is realistic in all its details, but the important things were done very well."[51] Lawsuits[edit] Sarver lawsuit[edit] In early March 2010, U.S. Army bomb disposal expert Master Sergeant Jeffrey Sarver filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against The Hurt Locker. Sarver's lawsuit claimed he used the term "hurt locker" and the phrase "war is a drug" around Boal, that his likeness was used to create the character William James, and that the portrayal of William James defames Sarver.[52] Sarver said he felt "just a little bit hurt, a little bit felt left out" and cheated out of "financial participation" in the film.[53] Sarver claimed he originated the title of the film; however, the title is a decades-old colloquialism for being injured, as in "they sent him to the hurt locker."[54] It dates back to the Vietnam War
Vietnam War
where it was one of several phrases meaning "in trouble or at a disadvantage; in bad shape."[55] Boal defended himself to the press, saying "the film is a work of fiction inspired by many people's stories."[53] He said he talked to more than 100 soldiers during his research.[56] Jody Simon, a Los Angeles-based entertainment lawyer, noted that "soldiers don't have privacy", and that when the military embedded Boal they gave him full permission to use his observations as he saw fit. Summit Entertainment, the producers of the film, said in early March that they hoped for a quick resolution to the suit.[53] In the December 8, 2011, issue of The Hollywood Reporter, it was announced that Master Sergeant Sarver's lawsuit was thrown out by the court, and a federal judge ordered him to pay more than $180,000 in attorney fees.[57] Copyright infringement lawsuit[edit] On May 12, 2010, Voltage Pictures, the production company behind The Hurt Locker, announced that it would attempt to sue "potentially tens of thousands" of online computer users who downloaded unlicensed copies of the film using the BitTorrent
BitTorrent
and P2P networks. It would be the largest lawsuit of its kind.[58][59] On May 28, 2010, it filed a complaint against 5,000 unidentified BitTorrent
BitTorrent
users in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia; Voltage announced its intention to demand $1,500 from each defendant to release him or her from the suit.[60] Several people, however, have refused to settle with the studio.[61] The U.S. Copyright Group (USCG) has since dropped all cases against the alleged Hurt Locker downloaders.[62] On August 29, 2011, the Federal Court of Canada ordered the three Canadian ISPs—Bell Canada, Cogeco, and Vidéotron—to disclose the names and addresses of the subscribers whose IP addresses were suspected to have downloaded a copy of the film. The ISPs were given two weeks to comply with the order.[63] Release[edit] Festival screenings[edit] The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker
had its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival on September 4, 2008, and the film received a 10-minute standing ovation at the end of its screening.[64] At the festival, the film won the SIGNIS award,[65] the Arca Cinemagiovani Award (Arca Young Cinema Award) for "Best Film Venezia 65" (chosen by an international youth jury); the Human Rights Film Network Award; and the Venezia Cinema Award known as the "Navicella".[66] The film also screened at the 33rd Annual Toronto International Film Festival
Toronto International Film Festival
on September 8,[64] where it generated "keen interest", though distributors were reluctant to buy it since previous films about the Iraq War
Iraq War
performed poorly at the box office.[67] Summit Entertainment purchased the film for distribution in the United States in what was perceived as "a skittish climate for pic sales".[68] In the rest of 2008, The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker
screened at the 3rd Zurich Film Festival,[69] the 37th Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, the 21st Mar del Plata Film Festival,[70] the 5th Dubai International Film Festival, and the 12th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.[71] In 2009, The Hurt Locker screened at the Göteborg International Film Festival,[72] the 10th Film Comment
Film Comment
Selects festival,[73] and the South by Southwest film festival.[74] It was the closing night film at Maryland Film Festival 2009, with Bigelow presenting. It had a centerpiece screening at the 3rd AFI Dallas International Film Festival, where director Kathryn Bigelow
Kathryn Bigelow
received the Dallas Star Award.[75] Other 2009 festivals included the Human Rights Nights International Film Festival,[76] the Seattle International Film Festival,[77] and the Philadelphia Film Festival.[78] Theatrical run[edit] The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker
was first publicly released in Italy by Warner Bros. on October 10, 2008.[64] Summit Entertainment
Summit Entertainment
picked the film up for distribution in the United States after it was shown at the Toronto International Film Festival for $1.5 million.[79] The Hurt Locker was released in the United States on June 26, 2009, with a limited release at four theaters in Los Angeles and New York City.[80] Over its first weekend the film grossed $145,352, averaging $36,338 per theater. The following weekend, beginning July 3, the film grossed $131,202 at nine theaters, averaging $14,578 per theater.[81] It held the highest per-screen average of any film playing theatrically in the United States for the first two weeks of its release,[1] gradually moving into the top 20 chart with much wider-released, bigger budget studio films.[82] It held around number 13 or number 14 on box office charts for an additional four weeks. Summit Entertainment
Summit Entertainment
took The Hurt Locker wider to more than 200 screens on July 24, 2009 and more than 500 screens on July 31, 2009. The film's final gross was $17,017,811 in the United States and Canada, and $32,212,961 in other countries, bringing its worldwide total to $49,230,772. It was a success against its budget of $15 million.[1] According to the Los Angeles Times, The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker
performed better than most recent dramas about Middle East conflict. The film outperformed all other Iraq-war-themed films such as In the Valley of Elah (2007), Stop-Loss (2008) and Afghanistan-themed Lions for Lambs (2007).[79] In the United States, The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker
is one of only five Best Picture winners (The English Patient, Amadeus, The Artist, and The Shape of Water being the other four) to never enter the weekend box office top 5 since top 10 rankings were first recorded in 1982. It is also one of the only two Best Picture winners on record never to have entered the weekend box office top 10 (The Artist being the other). The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker
opened in the top ten in the United Kingdom in 103 theaters, scoring the fourth-highest per-screen average of $3,607, ranking between G-Force and G.I. Joe
G.I. Joe
in overall grosses. The film garnered half a million dollars in its opening weekend in the United Kingdom of August 28 through August 30, 2009,[83] and grossed over a million dollars in the UK, Japan, Spain, and France through March.[84] Distribution: Independent film print shortage[edit] According to an article in the Springfield, Illinois
Springfield, Illinois
State Journal-Register, as of August 2009 there was a shortage of film prints of The Hurt Locker, as well as other hit independent films such as Food, Inc.[85] Distributors told theater owners that they would have to wait weeks or months past the initial U.S. release date to get the few available prints that were already in distribution. "Sometimes the distributors goof up," said a film buyer for one theater. "They misjudge how wide they should go."[85] One theory is that the independent films have a hard time competing for screen space during the summer against blockbuster tent-pole films that take up as much as half the screens in any given city, flooding the United States market with thousands of prints. Theater owners have also complained about distributors "bunching too many movies too close together".[85][86] It is also thought that independent film distributors are trying to cut their losses on prints by recycling them. Given the popularity of some of the films that are "hard to come by", this strategy may be leaving box office money on the table.[85][86] Home media[edit] The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker
was released on DVD and Blu-ray in North America on January 12, 2010. This disc includes an added audio commentary featuring director Kathryn Bigelow, writer Mark Boal, and other members of the production crew; an image gallery of photos from shooting; and a 15-minute EPK featurette highlighting the filming experience in Jordan
Jordan
and the film's production. The UK DVD and Blu-ray has no commentary. U.S. sales of the DVD topped $30 million by mid-August 2010.[87] Awards and accolades[edit]

Main article: List of accolades received by The Hurt Locker Starting with its initial screening at the 2008 Venice International Film Festival, The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker
has earned many awards and honors. It also ranked on more film critics' top 10 lists than any other film of 2009. It was nominated in nine categories at the 82nd Academy Awards and won in six: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Film Editing. It lost the award for Best Actor to Crazy Heart, Best Original Score to Up, and Best Cinematography to Avatar.[88] Bigelow became the first and, to date, only woman to win an Oscar for Best Director.[89] Kathryn Bigelow
Kathryn Bigelow
was awarded the Directors Guild of America Award
Directors Guild of America Award
for Outstanding Achievement in Feature Film for the film, the first and, to date, only time a female director has ever won.[90] The film won six awards at the BAFTAs held on February 21, 2010, including Best Film and Best Director for Bigelow. The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker
was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards.[91] The Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Director was given to Kathryn Bigelow, the first time the honor has gone to a woman. The film swept most critics groups awards for Best Director and Best Picture, including Chicago, Boston, and Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York' film critics group associations. The Hurt Locker is one of only five films that have won all three major U.S. critics group prizes (LA, NY, NSFC), together with Goodfellas, Schindler's List, L.A. Confidential, and The Social Network. The five awards from the Boston Society of Film Critics were the most by that organization to a single film in the group's 30-year history.[92] In February 2010, the film's producer Nicolas Chartier emailed a group of Academy Award
Academy Award
voters in an attempt to sway them to vote for The Hurt Locker instead of "a $500M film" (referring to Avatar) for the Best Picture award. He later issued a public apology, saying that it was "out of line and not in the spirit of the celebration of cinema that this acknowledgment is".[93] The Academy banned him from attending the award ceremony, the first time the Academy has ever banned an individual nominee.[94] See also[edit]

Iraq
Iraq
portal

Nine From Aberdeen, a 2012 book by Jeffrey M. Leatherwood on the WWII forerunners of EOD, with an afterword by CSM James H. Clifford, military consultant for The Hurt Locker.

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Films directed by Kathryn Bigelow

The Loveless
The Loveless
(1982) Near Dark
Near Dark
(1987) Blue Steel (1990) Point Break
Point Break
(1991) Strange Days (1995) The Weight of Water (2000) K-19: The Widowmaker (2002) The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker
(2008) Zero Dark Thirty (2012) Detroit (2017)

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Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Picture

1927/28–1950

Wings (1927/28) The Broadway Melody
The Broadway Melody
(1928/29) All Quiet on the Western Front (1929/30) Cimarron (1930/31) Grand Hotel (1931/32) Cavalcade (1932/33) It Happened One Night
It Happened One Night
(1934) Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) The Great Ziegfeld
The Great Ziegfeld
(1936) The Life of Emile Zola
The Life of Emile Zola
(1937) You Can't Take It with You (1938) Gone with the Wind (1939) Rebecca (1940) How Green Was My Valley (1941) Mrs. Miniver
Mrs. Miniver
(1942) Casablanca (1943) Going My Way
Going My Way
(1944) The Lost Weekend (1945) The Best Years of Our Lives
The Best Years of Our Lives
(1946) Gentleman's Agreement (1947) Hamlet (1948) All the King's Men (1949) All About Eve
All About Eve
(1950)

1951–1975

An American in Paris (1951) The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) From Here to Eternity
From Here to Eternity
(1953) On the Waterfront
On the Waterfront
(1954) Marty (1955) Around the World in 80 Days (1956) The Bridge on the River Kwai
The Bridge on the River Kwai
(1957) Gigi (1958) Ben-Hur (1959) The Apartment
The Apartment
(1960) West Side Story (1961) Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Tom Jones (1963) My Fair Lady (1964) The Sound of Music (1965) A Man for All Seasons (1966) In the Heat of the Night (1967) Oliver! (1968) Midnight Cowboy
Midnight Cowboy
(1969) Patton (1970) The French Connection (1971) The Godfather
The Godfather
(1972) The Sting
The Sting
(1973) The Godfather
The Godfather
Part II (1974) One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

1976–2000

Rocky
Rocky
(1976) Annie Hall
Annie Hall
(1977) The Deer Hunter
The Deer Hunter
(1978) Kramer vs. Kramer
Kramer vs. Kramer
(1979) Ordinary People
Ordinary People
(1980) Chariots of Fire
Chariots of Fire
(1981) Gandhi (1982) Terms of Endearment
Terms of Endearment
(1983) Amadeus (1984) Out of Africa (1985) Platoon (1986) The Last Emperor
The Last Emperor
(1987) Rain Man
Rain Man
(1988) Driving Miss Daisy
Driving Miss Daisy
(1989) Dances with Wolves
Dances with Wolves
(1990) The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Unforgiven
Unforgiven
(1992) Schindler's List
Schindler's List
(1993) Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump
(1994) Braveheart
Braveheart
(1995) The English Patient (1996) Titanic (1997) Shakespeare in Love
Shakespeare in Love
(1998) American Beauty (1999) Gladiator (2000)

2001–present

A Beautiful Mind (2001) Chicago (2002) The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) Million Dollar Baby (2004) Crash (2005) The Departed (2006) No Country for Old Men (2007) Slumdog Millionaire
Slumdog Millionaire
(2008) The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker
(2009) The King's Speech
The King's Speech
(2010) The Artist (2011) Argo (2012) 12 Years a Slave (2013) Birdman or: (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) Spotlight (2015) Moonlight (2016) The Shape of Water
The Shape of Water
(2017)

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BAFTA Award for Best Film

1940s

The Best Years of Our Lives
The Best Years of Our Lives
(1947) Hamlet (1948) Bicycle Thieves
Bicycle Thieves
(1949)

1950s

All About Eve
All About Eve
(1950) La Ronde (1951) The Sound Barrier
The Sound Barrier
(1952) Forbidden Games
Forbidden Games
(1953) The Wages of Fear
The Wages of Fear
(1954) Richard III (1955) Gervaise (1956) The Bridge on the River Kwai
The Bridge on the River Kwai
(1957) Room at the Top (1958) Ben-Hur (1959)

1960s

The Apartment
The Apartment
(1960) Ballad of a Soldier
Ballad of a Soldier
(1961) The Hustler (1961) Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Tom Jones (1963) Dr. Strangelove
Dr. Strangelove
or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) My Fair Lady (1965) Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) A Man for All Seasons (1967) The Graduate (1968) Midnight Cowboy
Midnight Cowboy
(1969)

1970s

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
(1970) Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) Cabaret (1972) Day for Night (1973) Lacombe, Lucien
Lacombe, Lucien
(1974) Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
(1975) One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1976) Annie Hall
Annie Hall
(1977) Julia (1978) Manhattan (1979)

1980s

The Elephant Man (1980) Chariots of Fire
Chariots of Fire
(1981) Gandhi (1982) Educating Rita (1983) The Killing Fields (1984) The Purple Rose of Cairo
The Purple Rose of Cairo
(1985) A Room with a View (1986) Jean de Florette
Jean de Florette
(1987) The Last Emperor
The Last Emperor
(1988) Dead Poets Society
Dead Poets Society
(1989)

1990s

Goodfellas (1990) The Commitments (1991) Howards End (1992) Schindler's List
Schindler's List
(1993) Four Weddings and a Funeral
Four Weddings and a Funeral
(1994) Sense and Sensibility (1995) The English Patient (1996) The Full Monty
The Full Monty
(1997) Shakespeare in Love
Shakespeare in Love
(1998) American Beauty (1999)

2000s

Gladiator (2000) The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) The Pianist (2002) The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) The Aviator (2004) Brokeback Mountain
Brokeback Mountain
(2005) The Queen (2006) Atonement (2007) Slumdog Millionaire
Slumdog Millionaire
(2008) The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker
(2009)

2010s

The King's Speech
The King's Speech
(2010) The Artist (2011) Argo (2012) 12 Years a Slave (2013) Boyhood (2014) The Revenant (2015) La La Land (2016) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
(2017)

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Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Picture

Sense and Sensibility (1995) Fargo (1996) L.A. Confidential (1997) Saving Private Ryan
Saving Private Ryan
(1998) American Beauty (1999) Gladiator (2000) A Beautiful Mind (2001) Chicago (2002) The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) Sideways
Sideways
(2004) Brokeback Mountain
Brokeback Mountain
(2005) The Departed (2006) No Country for Old Men (2007) Slumdog Millionaire
Slumdog Millionaire
(2008) The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker
(2009) The Social Network
The Social Network
(2010) The Artist (2011) Argo (2012) 12 Years a Slave (2013) Boyhood (2014) Spotlight (2015) La La Land (2016) The Shape of Water
The Shape of Water
(2017)

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Producers Guild of America Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture

Driving Miss Daisy
Driving Miss Daisy
(1989) Dances with Wolves
Dances with Wolves
(1990) The Silence of the Lambs (1991) The Crying Game
The Crying Game
(1992) Schindler's List
Schindler's List
(1993) Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump
(1994) Apollo 13 (1995) The English Patient (1996) Titanic (1997) Saving Private Ryan
Saving Private Ryan
(1998) American Beauty (1999) Gladiator (2000) Moulin Rouge! (2001) Chicago (2002) The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) The Aviator (2004) Brokeback Mountain
Brokeback Mountain
(2005) Little Miss Sunshine
Little Miss Sunshine
(2006) No Country for Old Men (2007) Slumdog Millionaire
Slumdog Millionaire
(2008) The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker
(2009) The King's Speech
The King's Speech
(2010) The Artist (2011) Argo (2012) 12 Years a Slave / Gravity (2013) Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) The Big Short (2015) La La Land (2016) The Shape of Water
The Shape of Water
(2017)

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Satellite Award for Best Film

Musical or Comedy (1996–2009, retired)

Evita (1996) As Good as It Gets
As Good as It Gets
(1997) Shakespeare in Love
Shakespeare in Love
(1998) Being John Malkovich
Being John Malkovich
(1999) Nurse Betty
Nurse Betty
(2000) Moulin Rouge! (2001) My Big Fat Greek Wedding
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
(2002) Lost in Translation (2003) Sideways
Sideways
(2004) Walk the Line
Walk the Line
(2005) Dreamgirls (2006) Juno (2007) Happy-Go-Lucky
Happy-Go-Lucky
(2008) Nine (2009)

Motion Picture Drama (1996–2009, retired)

Fargo (1996) Titanic (1997) The Thin Red Line (1998) The Insider (1999) Traffic (2000) In the Bedroom
In the Bedroom
(2001) Far from Heaven
Far from Heaven
(2002) In America (2003) Hotel Rwanda
Hotel Rwanda
(2004) Brokeback Mountain
Brokeback Mountain
(2005) The Departed (2006) No Country for Old Men (2007) Slumdog Millionaire
Slumdog Millionaire
(2008) The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker
(2009)

Motion Picture (2010–present)

The Social Network
The Social Network
(2010) The Descendants
The Descendants
(2011) Silver Linings Playbook
Silver Linings Playbook
(2012) 12 Years a Slave (2013) Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) Spotlight (2015) La La Land / Manchester by the Sea (2016) God's Own Country / Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Mis