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The Hurt Locker

The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker

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126 minutes


Drama, Thriller, War




The main weapon in the Iraqi insurgency between 2003 and 2011 was the roadside bomb - known to the military as IEDs (improvised explosive devices). This brilliantly tense action-drama follows a squad of American bomb specialists in Baghdad as they try to defuse these devices, a task that is dangerous, tricky and unpredictable. Adding to the unease is the difficult relationship between the ultra-professional Sergeant Sanborn and Sergeant James, who relies completely on his instincts. 

An outstanding film that won't tell you why American soldiers were in Iraq, but will show how it felt to be there.

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15 Classification

Contains strong language and gory images

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