Jonathan Olley
EW Staff
June 25, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Hurt Locker

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
130 minutes
Limited Release Date
06/26/09
performer
Brian Geraghty, Jeremy Renner, Guy Pearce
director
Kathryn Bigelow
author
Mark Boal
genre
Drama, War

We gave it an A

Starring: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty
Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow
Release date: June 26

Director Bigelow (Point Break) wants to make one thing clear: ”There have been no Iraq-war movies.” She means that before this portrait of an elite military bomb-defusing unit stationed in Baghdad, there hasn’t been a mainstream drama set in combat in the current war. To keep things as real as possible, Bigelow plopped her actors in Jordan, in 120-degree heat, at times near the Iraqi border. ”Every day we were just trying not to pass out,” says Renner (28 Weeks Later), who spent much of his time attempting to act heroically from inside an enormous, bulky bomb-defusing suit. ”I was trying to MapQuest my self-respect and dignity constantly.”

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