The Hurt Locker is a 2009 American war thriller directed by Kathryn Bigelow. Shot on location in Jordan, the film is based on recently declassified information about a U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) (bomb squad) team in present day Iraq. The Hurt Locker is written by Mark Boal, a freelance writer who was embedded with a bomb squad.The Hurt Locker has been picked up by distributor Summit Entertainment. The film is scheduled for domestic release in the U.S. on June 26th, 2009 in New York and Los Angeles, going wider in July.
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Cast : Jeremy Renner... Staff Sergeant William James
Anthony Mackie... Sergeant JT Sanborn
Brian Geraghty... Specialist Owen Eldridge
Guy Pearce... Sergeant Matt Thompson
Ralph Fiennes... Contractor Team Leader
David Morse... Colonel Reed
Christian Camargo... Colonel John Cambridge
Suhail Aldabbach... Black Suit Man
Evangeline Lilly... Connie James
Plot: Iraq. Forced to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in the chaos of war, an elite Army bomb squad unit must come together in a city where everyone is a potential enemy and every object could be a deadly bomb.
Besides the four award wins and five nominations at the Venice Film Festival, The Hurt Locker was also nominated for International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography CAMERIMAGE PLUS Grand Prix Golden Frog award for best cinematography by Barry Ackroyd.Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie were nominated for best acting categories for the 2009 Independent Spirit Awards. The AFI Dallas 2009 International Film Festival has awarded the AFI DALLAS honorary Star Award to the film's director, Bigelow.The film's director has also received recognition from ShoWest, the annual film exhibition confab in Las Vegas.