A suspenseful and thrilling war film from director kathryn bigelow, the hurt locker is a smart and uncompromising look at the lives of soldiers serving in iraq. But most eod soldiers dismantle bombs from a distance with remotecontrolled robots, some of which can weigh. Top 10 wirecutting bomb moments in film scenestealers. Iraqi troops face booby traps, tunnels packed with explosives. Bomb specialists in afghanistan and iraq wars weigh in on. In iraq and afghanistan soldiers have displayed countless acts of courage, and demonstrated immeasurable heroism.
Nobody knows that better than staff sergeant james, head of elite squad of soldiers tasked with disarming bombs in the heat of. He fulfilled his boyhood dream to be the guy in the big suit walking down the street to defuse the explosive threat. As a bomb disposal expert in the hurt locker, jeremy renner has to unlock all kinds of tricky puzzles the toughest problem of all, though, would be overturning the public image of him as a dirty. The hurt locker doesnt do that and shows the reality of the work, in this case a group that has to diffuse bombs during the war in iraq, in which not only the bombs are dangerous, but the people surrounding them might also be. The hurt locker, winner of the 2008 venice film festival signis grand prize, is a. So the movie s idea that they show up every day and throw on the suit first thing is pretty out there, they said. During the iraq war, a sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work. The films genesis was in 2005, when the movie s screenwriter, mark boal, embedded with bomb disposal experts in iraq to write a story for playboy called the man in the bomb suit. When renegade sergeant william james takes command of a highly trained bomb disposal unit, he frequently risks the lives of himself and. Iraqi troops face booby traps, tunnels packed with. Members of an air force squad that that dispose of bombs and ieds in iraq say while theyre happy the movie has put a spotlight on their field. Oct 25, 2011 iraqs version of jeremy renners slick, steve mcqueenstyle bomb disposer in the hurt locker is captain nawa ahmed and his colleaguesfighting among their families, on the home field.
The hurt locker 2009 rotten tomatoes movie trailers. Jan 01, 2007 a gripping, terrifying, frustrating, and occasionally funny account of the authors stint in southern iraq as the chief bomb disposal expert. His research for the playboy feature became the basis of his oscarwinning. Bomb disposal is an allencompassing term to describe the separate, but interrelated functions in the military fields of explosive ordnance disposal eod and improvised explosive device disposal iedd, and the public safety roles of public safety bomb disposal psbd. Four years ago, katheryn bigelows the hurt locker, took home that prize.
Hairraising moments punctuate this home movie like documentary about a kurdish officer disarming boobytrap devices set by jihadis in iraq. Feb 28, 2010 the life of a military bomb disposal specialist at least as depicted in the critically acclaimed movie the hurt locker is pure adrenaline. The advanced bomb suit abs is a full body bomb suit designed to protect the explosive ordnance disposal eod soldier from threats associated with improvised explosive devices, including those related to fragmentation, blast overpressure, impact, heat, and flame. The characters in this film played their parts very well. Delil dilanar, dejin jamil khidir, alan shamo hajar, enwer shexani. The hurt locker, american war movie 2008, set during the iraq war, that won six. He says the movies bombdisposal scenes come as close as possible to. Jun 11, 2016 fallujah, iraq iraqi forces radioed the u. The bestselling true story of a bomb disposal expert. It focuses upon jeremy renner as sergeant william james who works in bomb disposal unit.
One member of a police bombdisposal team had been killed and two others had been. No eod tech would just manhandle a daisychain of 155s. But one thing the movie got down pat, the experts in iraq say, is a bomb disposal experts love for the adrenaline rush of a job well done. There are some things only eod can get away with task. Hurds makes the most versatile, dependable bomb disposal transport trailers you can find anywhere. This is a multiyear project, however, at present, funding is only in place for the first year. A bomb disposal expert on the front line, captain kevin ivison reminds us that courage is not the absence of fear, but the ability to overcome it, and heroism occurs not only during ones service, but in the sacrifices endured long after it. The hurt locker is a 2008 american war drama film directed by kathryn bigelow and written by mark boal. The film follows an iraq war explosive ordnance disposal team who are targeted by insurgents, and shows their psychological. This is far from reality since at the height of iraq war an elaborate effort was made to make sure every convoy of american soldiers was properly secured, and that soldiers were never. Iraq s version of jeremy renners slick, steve mcqueenstyle bomb disposer in the hurt locker is captain nawa ahmed and his colleaguesfighting among their families, on the home field. Kathryn bigelow returns with a gripping movie about a bomb disposal squad in iraq that will make your palms sweat, says philip french. A lot of beating a bomb was about skill a lot about luck. Army explosive ordnance disposal technician jonathan jay romano spent two tours in iraq finding and destroying hidden bombs, and now is studying for a nursing degree at baldwin wallace university.
Just do what youve been trained to do army staff sgt. Hunters job was to identify and neutralize enemy ieds, which became increasingly sophisticated and dangerous during his tour of duty. It stars jeremy renner, anthony mackie, brian geraghty, christian camargo, ralph fiennes, david morse, and guy pearce. Bomb disposal squads the forgotten heroes of the blitz. Consumer drones turned into mortardropping weapons.
When a new sergeant, james, takes over a highly trained bomb disposal team amidst violent conflict, he surprises his two. Apr 25, 2018 hairraising moments punctuate this home movie like documentary about a kurdish officer disarming boobytrap devices set by jihadis in iraq. Staff sergeant chris muir, from the army school of ammunition, based in kineton, warwickshire, died on monday. Us bomb disposal expert, 34, killed by a roadside ied while fighting isis in iraq alongside kurdish troops. Jul 14, 2017 jeffrey sarver, who served as an army master sergeant and bomb disposal expert in iraq, plans to sue the makers of the hurt locker because he says the films main character is based on him. The ruins of mosul are exposing the future of hightech. Heres why the hurt locker is the worst war movie of all. Bomb disposal robots vary in size, from the strippeddown backpack sized robots that can be carried on a soldiers back and thrown into buildings, to the size of a rideon lawnmower, armed with. Depiction of bomb defuser not a misuse of soldiers. The fight against daesh is showing the hightech, higher stakes future of urban war.
The bomb disposal squad is shown in the movie risking the lives of many soldiers by haphazardly showing up on the location of the bomb without adequate security. Essay on iraq war in the film hurt locker it is about a. Hairraising moments punctuate this homemovielike documentary about a kurdish officer disarming boobytrap devices set by jihadis in iraq. These men are faced with many challenges from disposing bombs, watching each others backs, and trying to stay alive. What the hurt locker actually says about the us, its soldiers, and iraq duration. The life of a bomb disposal group is often shows as a flashy thing, big heros who are able to control any situation. Mark boal, who was embedded with a special bomb unit in iraq. Aug 16, 2018 following bomb disposal operator adam and his team in afghanistan, and their worried family back at home. Sep 09, 2008 as a bomb disposal expert in the hurt locker, jeremy renner has to unlock all kinds of tricky puzzles. Apr 03, 2003 a 32yearold bomb disposal expert from hampshire has been killed in iraq. Mans experiments with explosives were lawful, court. His father was kurdish army colonel, fakhir berwari, a.
Below i will give a very brief outline of the early days of bomb disposal. Anbar a bomb expert was killed on thursday when an ied went off while he was defusing it in anbar. Life of a real life bomb disposal expert inside the hurt. The gritty flyonthewall style drama about a threeman bomb disposal team in iraq, released in the us in 2009, won six oscars, including best director for kathryn bigelow the first woman to. James is an adrenaline junkie who thrives off of the danger of disarming bombs. This was the third time that i have watched this film, and it is an oldie but goody for sure.
Manufactured by medeng, the abs uses new material technology and design to improve protection, comfort, and ergonomics. Aug 29, 2009 kathryn bigelow returns with a gripping movie about a bomb disposal squad in iraq that will make your palms sweat, says philip french philip french, critic of the year sat 29 aug 2009 19. This sunday, the oscars will crown an 86th best picture winner. By kamal alayash ramadi locals are struggling to get rid of the explosive boobytraps the islamic state left as they withdrew from ramadi. Jul 09, 2009 their stories are what prompted director kathryn bigelow to film the hurt locker, a fictional account of an explosive ordnance disposal eod team at the end of its 2004 rotation through iraq. Now, with improved security across iraq, their missions are rare. Mar 05, 2010 veterans say exaggerations abound in hurt locker the hurt locker has been hailed by critics for its gritty portrayal of army bomb disposal troops.
Oct 28, 2014 this whole movie was more or less built around the wirecutting cliche as it concerned bombs, for the title blown away, the main characters a bomb disposal cop and an i. During the iraq war, a sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is. Iraq vet transitions from bomb disposal to patient care. Hurds trailers are sold worldwide to law enforcement agencies and the united states military because of our excellent reputation for heavyduty construction, superior workmanship, and ample work room. It was a rapidly developing science, and the units had to keep up with everchanging demands.
In the film, hurt locker, it is about a bomb disposal team during the iraq war. Heres a breakdown of everything the hurt locker gets wrong and why it is without a doubt the worst iraq war movie of all time. It was directed by katherine bigelow, and won the academy award for best picture. Why did the hurt locker, a wellacted, tensionfilled but otherwise undistinguished hollywood war movie focusing on a military bomb disposal team in iraq, win the 2010 academy award for best picture. Film on bomb squad in iraq, the hurt locker, goes for. Bomb expert killed while defusing ied in anbar iraqi news. Jul 02, 2016 heres a breakdown of everything the hurt locker gets wrong and why it is without a doubt the worst iraq war movie of all time.
Feb 12, 2010 the hurt locker is based on a bomb dispoal squad in iraq the film is nominated for nine academy awards chris hunter was a real life special forces expert who worked in iraq. The subject of unexploded bombs quickly developed into a battle between the scienctists on both sides to find ever more ingenious ways to out do the foe. In june of 1940 the german military arsenal changed, and bomb disposal units had to adapt from working on defusing an initial 20 devices to an astounding 3,000 just four months later. The hurt locker was the first one that really succeeded. Three members of the armys elite explosive ordnance disposal eod. The film follows an iraq war explosive ordnance disposal team who are targeted by insurgents, and shows their psychological reactions to the stress of combat. The soldier from romsey, in hampshire, was killed while dismantling munitions in southern iraq, the ministry of defence has confirmed. My dad disarmed bombs with bare hands saving thousands bbc. For one group of daring locals, defusing the bombs has become a lucrative new job opportunity. Iraq nuclear facility dismantlement and disposal project. In this episode, i talk with ex bomb disposal officer and leadership author ben sawyer. In the central iraqi city of ramadi, it is no longer unusual to see individuals who look like ordinary civilians dismantling improvised. The hurt locker action and adventure films the guardian. Bomb disposal is an explosives engineering profession using the process by which hazardous explosive devices are rendered safe.641 852 369 962 1615 176 19 521 902 69 1625 858 1516 500 868 230 738 73 51 619 654 1264 979 1532 3 985 153 716 1373 22 1079 601 531 1366 419 541