Kathryn Bigelow’s Iraq War-set “The Hurt Locker”, about a unit of bomb disposal soldiers, was supposed to come out in 2008, but it’s been shelved indefinitely, probably because every Iraq War-set movie that has been released so far has, as the kids say, bit the big one at the box office. I don’t think there has been a successful Iraq War-set anything since, well, the actual Iraq War itself got started. Why? Probably because no one wants to see a fictional telling of how shitty it is over there since the media has already shown us how shitty it is every day for the last five years. Anyways, here’s the trailer for “The Hurt Locker”, scheduled to open … one of these days. Maybe.
Baghdad, 2007: Not where you want to be.
The cradle of civilization has become a city of bombs. Every fifteen minutes an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) explodes with deadly impact … or must be disarmed.
Enter the bomb squad – the only unit trained to disarm these deadly devices. B-Company is the elite of the elite, running to ticking bombs when everyone else runs away. Still, the daily confrontations have begun to take their toll on two of its best soldiers, Sergeant Sanborn, an ex-Ranger who never threw a punch he didn’t think was well-deserved, and Specialist Eldridge, a young Socrates with a rifle, who believes all men are created equal – except the ones in his M4 scope.
With only 38 days left in their tour, Sanborn and Eldridge are forced to work with a new team leader, a mysterious tech named William James who treats the job like a cowboy going for a Sunday ride. James is good – maybe too good – and his strut scares the other men. It’s almost as if he enjoys toying with death.
As the insurgency escalate their attacks and the bomb squad must face increasingly tougher odds in the dangerous game of cat and mouse, James’ strange urge for danger pushes Sanborn and Eldridge to the edge of acceptable risk – and then takes them way beyond what they thought possible … until they are forced to choose between following James and saving their own lives.
With just 16 days left, the team receives its hardest mission yet: charge into the blazing aftermath of an exploded oil tanker. James is ready. Sanborn puts on his gloves. Eldridge cocks his rifle. And they go. The three men charge into that smoky inferno … shots ring out … a body falls … and only two men come walking back.
Now, they’re all in the Hurt Locker. And there are still 15 days left in the tour.
Starring Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, and directed by “Point Break’s” Kathryn Bigelow.