True Legend the movie

True Legend

Chinese Title: Su Qi-Er (Beggar Su)
Release Date: February 9, 2010
Language: Mandarin Chinese
Production Companies: Shanghai Film Group, Beijing New Times
Film Culture and Development, Edko Management,
Focus Features, Universal Pictures Intl.
Producers: Zhang Zhenyan, Bill Kong
Director: Yuen Woo-Ping
Screenplay: Christine To Chi-Long
Cinematography: Zhao Xiaoding
Action Director: Yuen Woo-Ping
Art Director: Huo Tingxiao
Costume Design: Hai Chung Man (aka Yee Chung Man)
Editing: Wenbers Li Tung-Chuen
Category: Martial Arts / Drama / Historical
Country / Region: China, Hong Kong
Filming: August 2008 - January 2009 in Mainland China
Running Time: 110 minutes
Cast: (surnames are in color)
Su Can / Su Qi-Er .... Vincent Zhao / Chiu Man Chuk
Yuan Ying .... Zhou Xun
Yuan Lie .... Andy On
Ma Qingfeng .... Guo Xiaodong
Sister Yu .... Michelle Yeoh
God of Martial Arts .... Jay Chou
Drunkard Immortal .... Jay Chou
Anton .... David Carradine
White Beard Man .... Gordon Liu
Feng-Er (Su Can's Son) .... Sun Hanwen
Bar Mistress .... Yan Ni
Tie Nan (Iron Boy) .... Will Liu
Tie Ji (Iron Girl) .... Jiang Luxia
Su Wankun (Su Can's Father) .... Bryan Leung
Bandit Leader .... Cung Le
... .... Jacky Heung
General .... Xiang Zuo
Dancer .... Zhuo Lin
Thief .... Feng Xiaogang

True Legend (simplified Chinese: 苏乞儿; traditional Chinese: 蘇乞兒; pinyin: Sū qǐ ér) is an 2010 Chinese-Hong Kong martial arts film starring Vincent Zhao, Zhou Xun, Jay Chou, Michelle Yeoh, Andy On, and Guo Xiaodong. It was directed by Yuen Woo-Ping. The film also features one of the final performances by actor David Carradine, who died in a bizarre accident in Bangkok during post-production.


True Legend is the extraordinary journey of a man - a martial arts hero - whose greatest dream is to create a unique school of martial arts for the world to follow.

All his life, Su Can has been pursuing the summit in martial arts. There are two things he holds dearest to his heart - the dream of creating a unique kind of martial arts that will pass on to generations; and his beloved wife. Su has a happy family and his wife is the joy of his life. But owing to a turn of fate and Su's own stubbornness, he loses his wife and his family is destroyed.

After losing his wife, Su cannot live with himself and collapses totally. He is drunk all the time and becomes a crazy beggar in everyone's eyes. Everyday, his young son ties him with a piece of rope and leads him through the streets, greeted by people's curious and disdainful gazes.

But all this time during his spiritual exile, his dream for the highest peak in martial arts is still alive. In his madness, Su continues his practice, to perfect his skills and fists.


Directed by Yuen Woo-Ping
Produced by Bill Kong
Zhang Zhenyang
Written by To Chi-Long
Starring Vincent Zhao
Zhou Xun

Michelle Yeoh

Jay Chou
Editing by Wenders Li
Release date(s) Hong Kong:
11 February 2010

9 February 2010

18 February 2010
Running time 110 min.
Country China
Hong Kong
Language Mandarin

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Biography for Matt Damon

Date of Birth 8 October 1970, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Birth Name Matthew Paige Damon

Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)
Mini Biography

Matt Damon was born in 1970. His father, Kent Damon, a tax preparer, and his mother, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, a college professor, are now divorced. His older brother, Kyle (b. 1967), is a sculptor. Matt's first film role was a one-line part in Mystic Pizza (1988). Hollywood's power brokers realized his potential as a serious actor when they saw him play a Gulf War vet-turned-heroin addict in Courage Under Fire (1996). One of Matt's closest childhood friends was fellow young thespian Ben Affleck, who starred in Chasing Amy (1997). Damon and Affleck collaborated on the screenplay for Good Will Hunting (1997), in which they co-star.

Mini Biography :
Matthew Paige Damon, or better known to fans as Matt Damon was born on October 8, 1970, in Boston Massachusetts, USA to Kent Delfer Damon, a stockbroker, realtor and tax preparer, and Nancy Carlsso-Paige, an early childhood education professor at Lesley University. Matt has an older brother named Kyle who is now a sculptor. Unfortunately for Matt and his brother, their parents divorced in the year 1973.

The 5'10" star is of English, Finnish and Scottish ancestry. While his parents were still together, their family lived in Newton, before eventually settling for a divorce, where Damon and his brother moved with his mother to Cambridge. He grew up in a stable community back in Massachusetts. Matt also grew up near actor, Ben Affleck, when he was younger.

Matt attended Cambridge Ridge and Latin School which is located in Cambridge and he performed in a number of theater productions during his time there. Later on, he was accepted into Harvard University as an English major in the fall of 1988 and was supposed to graduate with the class of 1992. While in Harvard, kept on skipping classes to pursue acting projects, which included the TNT original film, Rising Son, and prep-school drama, School Ties. It was until his film, Geronimo: An American Legend, was expected to be a big success that he decided to drop out of university completely.

Arriving in Hollywood, Matt managed to get his first break with a part in the romantic comedy, Mystic Pizza. However, the film did not do too well and his film career failed to take off. Not letting failure discourage him from acting, he went for another audition, and managed to get a starring role in School Ties.

Up next for Matt was a role as a soldier who had problems with drug-addiction in the movie, Courage Under Fire. Matt had in fact lost forty pounds for his role which resulted in health problems. The following year, his garnered accolades for Good Will Hunting, a screenplay he had originally written for an English class at Harvard University. Good Will Hunting was nominated for 9 Academy Awards, one of which, Matt won for Best Original Screenplay along with Ben Affleck.

In the year 1998, Matt played the title role in Steven Spielberg's film, Saving Private Ryan, which was one of the most acclaimed films in that year. Matt had the opportunity of working with Tom Hanks and Vin Diesel while filming that movie. That same year, he starred as an earnest law student and reformed poker player in Rounders, starring opposite Edward Norton and John Malkovich.

The next year, Matt rejoined his childhood friend, Ben Affleck and fellow comedian, Chris Rock, in the comedy Dogma. Towards the end of 1999, Matt played Tom Ripley, a working-class young man who tastes the good life and will do anything to live it. Both Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow also starred in the movie. The Talented Mr Ripley earned mixed reviews from critics, but even so, Matt earned praise for his performance.

Matt lent his voice to the animated movie, Titan A.E. in the year 2000, which also earned mixed reviews from the public. He also starred in two other movies, All the Pretty Horses and the golf comedy-drama, The Legennd of Bagger Vance, starring alongside Will Smith.

In the year 2003, he signed on to star in The Informant by Steven Soderbergh and the Farrelly Brothers' Stuck on You. He also starred in Gerry, a film he co-wrote with his friends, Gus Van Sant and Casey Affleck.

One of Matt's most recognizable work to date is his role in the Bourne movie franchise. He plays an amnesiac assassin, Jason Bourne, in The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum.

Another praised role is that as Linus Caldwell in the Ocean's movie franchise. He had the opportunity to star opposite George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and Don Cheadle in Ocean's Eleven. The successful crime comedy-drama eventually had two other sequels, Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen.

Among other highly acclaimed movies that Matt managed to be a part of was in Terry Gilliam's The Brothers Grimm, George Clooney's Syriana, Martin Scorsese's The Departed and Robert De Niro's the Good Shepherd.

In his personal life, Matt is now happily married to Argentine-born Luciana Barroso, whom he met in Miami, where she was working as a bartender. They married in a private civil ceremony on December 9, 2005, at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau. The couple have three children Alexia, Luciana's daughter from a previous relationship as well as Isabella and Gia Zavala, both Matt's and Luciana's child together.

Matt is a big fan of the Boston Red Sox and he tries to attend their games whenever possible. He has also formed great friendships with his Ocean's co-stars, George Clooney and Brad Pitt, whom he works on charity projects with. He and actor Ben Affleck, together with Ben's wife, Jennifer Garner are also good family friends and can be often seen going out together with Matt's wife, Luciana Barroso.

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Green Zone (2010) --- the special MATT DAMON

Military intelligence is an oxymoron...or just a moron..., 16 March 2010
Author: loco_73 from Canada

In the past few years there have been a handful of directors which have brought something to the genre of political/action/thriller movies that I had thought lost for good, namely class, quality and substance, actually ingredients I (and I guess others), would like to see in films of any category. From David Mammet with "Spartan", Peter Berg with "The Kingdom" and David Geghen with "Syrianna", these directors and these movies, though perhaps unfairly flying under most people's radars, have revived that genre or sub-genre of movies. Paul Greengrass is another one of these directors and "Green Zone" is another one of these movies.

In their heyday movies in this category became classics in their own right, or at least made for a helluva viewing experience. "Three Days Of The Condor", "Marathon Man", "The Conversation" are just some examples.

After providing a very effective antidote to James Bond and Jack Ryan, with the sober and somber Jason Bourne, Paul Greengrass has returned with a more realistic and vivid thriller, "Green Zone". This movie is a solid, well done and well paced piece of work. The cast, the direction, camera work, score, the visuals, are on point, I didn't feel let down at all. Everything about the movie is somehow muted and restrained, which I like. There are no grandiose battle scenes or large scope, non-stop action with no sense or context. Paul Greengrass knows how to combine and synchronize all these basic elements whose end result is really a good movie.

Perhaps for some people the film is too modest, or to limited, but it worked for me, in so far as what I expected from it. The movie maintained the right balance of intensity and tension and kept me entertained from beginning to end. No disappointment for me here.

As for the subject matter and overall theme of the movie, well let's just say, that it is frightening to see how ignorance, incompetence, corruption, self-interest and just plain stupidity can make an already dire situation, worse! Though the topic might not be new, it has sparked my interest to take another closer and much more closer look at what brought upon the whole sordid episode that is the war in Iraq, the ensuing events and the environment which they created.

Though only loosely based on the book by journalist Rajiv Chandrasekaran, "Imperial Life In The Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone",(a book which I am in the process of reading) the movie does touch on and brings forth the absurdity and folly of some of the parties involved in the decision-making process which led to the invasion of Iraq and its subsequent unravelling into chaos.

The movie, though for obvious reasons, taking creative licence with the events and the topic, is at most a hint, a suggestion at some of the underlying causes for the ensuing mess that became Iraq. It is a strong and effective one at that, but it is just a hint. It is up to the people to better inform themselves about this whole affair.

No matter what opinions one might have of war, or political views, one owes history and all those that were and continue to be affected by this war, to pay closer attention, to be more open-minded and critical of those who make the policies and take the decisions that so many have to live with. Iraq is no exception...

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The Texas Killing Fields
(2011) (pre-production) .... Jake
  1. Last Night (2010) (completed) .... Michael Reed

  2. Clash of the Titans (2010) .... Perseus
  3. The Debt (2010) .... Young David

  4. Avatar (2009) .... Jake Sully
    ... aka "Avatar: An IMAX 3D Experience" - USA (IMAX version)
    ... aka "James Cameron's Avatar" - International (English title) (promotional title)
  5. Terminator Salvation (2009) .... Marcus Wright
    ... aka "T4: Salvation" - USA (promotional abbreviation)
    ... aka "Terminator 4" - Japan (English title)
  6. Rogue (2007) .... Neil Kelly
    ... aka "Rogue Crocodile" - Singapore (English title)
  7. "Two Twisted" .... Gus Rogers (1 episode, 2006)
    - Delivery Man (2006) TV episode .... Gus Rogers
  8. Macbeth (2006/I) .... Macbeth
  9. A Fairytale of the City (2006) .... The Artist
  10. "The Surgeon" .... Dr. Sam Dash (8 episodes, 2005)
    - Episode #1.8 (2005) TV episode .... Dr. Sam Dash
    - Episode #1.7 (2005) TV episode .... Dr. Sam Dash
    - Episode #1.6 (2005) TV episode .... Dr. Sam Dash
    - Episode #1.5 (2005) TV episode .... Dr. Sam Dash
    - Episode #1.4 (2005) TV episode .... Dr. Sam Dash
    (3 more)
  11. Fink! (2005) .... Able
  12. The Great Raid (2005) .... PFC Lucas
  13. "Love My Way" .... Howard Light (10 episodes, 2004-2005)
    - Garden of Love (2005) TV episode .... Howard Light
    - Only Mortal (2005) TV episode .... Howard Light
    - A Different Planet (2005) TV episode .... Howard Light
    - My Family Up a Tree (2005) TV episode .... Howard Light
    - To Dance with Death (2004) TV episode .... Howard Light
    (5 more)
  14. Blue Poles (2004) .... Miles
  15. Somersault (2004) .... Joe
  16. Thunderstruck (2004) .... Ronnie
  17. Gettin' Square (2003) .... Barry 'Wattsy' Wirth
  18. Dirty Deeds (2002) .... Darcy
  19. Hart's War (2002) .... Cpl. B.J. 'Depot' Guidry
    ... aka "Justice" - Japan (English title)
  20. A Matter of Life (2001) .... Our Hero
  21. "Blue Heelers" .... Shane Donovan (1 episode, 2000)
    - Bloodlines (2000) TV episode .... Shane Donovan
  22. Bootmen (2000) .... Mitchell
    ... aka "Tap Dogs" - Japan (English title)
  23. "Water Rats" .... Phillip Champion (1 episode, 2000)
    - Able to Leap Tall Buildings (2000) TV episode .... Phillip Champion
  24. "JAG" .... Dunsmore (1 episode, 2000)
    - Boomerang: Part 1 (2000) TV episode .... Dunsmore
  1. Enzo (2004) (writer)
  1. The 82nd Annual Academy Awards (2010) (TV) .... Himself - Presenter
    ... aka "2010 Academy Awards" - USA (informal short title)
    ... aka "The 2010 Oscars" - USA (informal short title)
    ... aka "The Oscars" - USA (informal short title)
  2. "Entertainment Tonight" .... Himself (3 episodes, 2009-2010)
    ... aka "E.T." - USA (informal title)
    ... aka "This Week in Entertainment" - USA (weekend title)
    - Episode dated 19 January 2010 (2010) TV episode .... Himself
    - Episode dated 18 December 2009 (2009) TV episode
    - Episode dated 17 December 2009 (2009) TV episode .... Himself
  3. The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2010) (TV) .... Himself - Presenter

  4. "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien" .... Himself (1 episode, 2009)
    - Episode #1.127 (2009) TV episode .... Himself
  5. "The Jay Leno Show" .... Himself (1 episode, 2009)
    - Episode #1.67 (2009) TV episode .... Himself
  6. "Live from Studio Five" .... Himself (1 episode, 2009)
    - Episode #1.68 (2009) TV episode .... Himself
  7. "Up Close with Carrie Keagan" .... Himself (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
    - Episode dated 16 December 2009 (2009) TV episode .... Himself
    - Episode dated 20 May 2009 (2009) TV episode .... Himself
    - Episode dated 11 November 2008 (2008) TV episode .... Himself
  8. "Xposé" .... Himself (1 episode, 2009)
    - Episode #4.69 (2009) TV episode .... Himself
  9. "The 7PM Project" .... Himself (1 episode, 2009)
    - Episode #1.88 (2009) TV episode .... Himself
  10. "Rove Live" .... Himself (2 episodes, 2006-2009)
    - Episode #10.36 (2009) TV episode .... Himself
    - Episode #7.30 (2006) TV episode .... Himself
  11. Terminator Salvation: A G4 Special (2009) (TV)
  12. Avatar: Creating the World of Pandora (2009) (TV) .... Himself
  13. Battle of Long Tan (2006) (TV) .... Narration
  14. The Faking Game (2006) .... Himself
  15. The 2003 Australian Film Institute Awards (2003) (TV) .... Himself - Presenter

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The Hurt Locker

Directed by Kathryn Bigelow
Produced by Kathryn Bigelow
Mark Boal

Nicolas Chartier

Greg Shapiro
Written by Mark Boal
Starring Jeremy Renner
Anthony Mackie

Brian Geraghty

Christian Camargo

Evangeline Lilly

Ralph Fiennes

David Morse

Guy Pearce
Music by Marco Beltrami
Al Jourgensen
Cinematography Barry Ackroyd
Editing by Chris Innis
Bob Murawski
Distributed by Summit Entertainment
Release date(s) September 4, 2008
(Venice Film Festival)
June 26, 2009
(2008-09-04) (2009-06-26) United States
Running time 131 minutes
Country United States
Language English, Arabic
Budget $15 million[1]
Gross revenue $21,356,139[1]

The Hurt Locker is a 2009 American war film. It follows a United States Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team during the Iraq War. The film was directed by Kathryn Bigelow. The screenplay was written by Mark Boal, a freelance writer who was embedded as a journalistIraq. It stars Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, and Brian Geraghty as members of a U.S. Army EOD unit in Iraq and follows their tour together as they contend with defusing bombs, the threat of insurgency, and the tension that develops among them.[2][3] The film was shot in Jordan, within miles of the Iraqi border. in 2004 with a US bomb squad in

It was first released theatrically in Italy in 2008, when it premiered at the Venice Film Festival. After being shown at the Toronto International Film Festival in North America, it was picked up for distribution in the United States by Summit Entertainment.[4] It was released in the United States on June 26, 2009, in New York and Los Angeles. The independent film received a more widespread theatrical release in the United States on July 24, 2009. Because the 2008 film was not originally released in the U.S. (at least in an Oscar-qualifying run in Los Angeles) until 2009, it was eligible to be judged for that year's awards, the 82nd Academy Awards held in 2010.

The Hurt Locker earned awards and honors from critics' organizations, festivals and groups. It was nominated for nine Academy Awards and won six, including Best Picture and Best Director[5] The film also swept the 2010 BAFTA Awards, winning best film, director, original screenplay, editing, cinematography and sound. for Bigelow, who became the first woman to win the award.


The title is a colloquialism for being injured in an explosion, as in "they sent him to the hurt locker",[6] or for "a place of ultimate pain".[7] It dates back to the Vietnam War, where it was one of several phrases meaning "in trouble or at a disadvantage; in bad shape."[8]

The Hurt Locker opens with a quotation from War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, a best-selling 2002 book by New York Times war correspondent and journalist Chris Hedges: "The rush of battle is a potent and often lethal addiction, for war is a drug."[9][10]

During the early stages of the post-invasion period in Iraq in 2004,[11][12] Sergeant First ClassU.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit, replacing Staff Sergeant Thompson, who was killed by a radio-controlled 155mm improvised explosive device (IED) in Baghdad. He joins Sergeant J.T. Sanborn and Specialist Owen Eldridge, whose jobs are to communicate with their team leader via radio inside his bombsuit, and provide him with rifle cover while he examines IEDs. During their missions of disarming IEDs and engaging insurgents together, James's unorthodox methods lead Sanborn and Eldridge to consider him reckless. Tensions mount between James and the other two team members. During a raid on a warehouse, James discovers the dead body of a young boy who has been surgically implanted with an unexploded bomb. James believes it to be "Beckham", a young Iraqi merchant he had previously befriended. William James, a battle-tested veteran, becomes the team leader of a

As the EOD team tracks down and kills two insurgents, Eldridge is accidentally shot in the leg. The next morning, James is approached by Beckham. The young boy tries to converse with James, who walks by without saying a word. Being airlifted for surgery, Eldridge blames James for his injury, referring to Sanborn's suggestion that the mission, which James had ordered, would be better suited for an infantry platoon.

After failing in a mission to remove and disarm a time-bomb strapped to an Iraqi civilian's chest, Sanborn becomes emotional and confesses to James that he can no longer cope with the pressure of being in EOD, and he looks forward to finally leaving Iraq and starting a family. James returns home to his wife and child and is shown quietly performing the routine tasks of suburban civilian life. One night James confesses to his infant son that there is only one thing that he knows he loves. He is next seen back in Iraq, ready to serve another 365 days as an EOD team member with Delta Company.


  • Jeremy Renner as Sergeant First Class William James, the leader of the EOD squad. An Army Ranger, he is the most experienced of the squad, having served in the War in Afghanistan. His subordinates regard him as reckless.
  • Anthony Mackie as Sergeant J. T. Sanborn, one of the members of the EOD squad. A soldier who insists on doing things by the book, Sanborn is frequently critical of SFC James' apparent recklessness. Towards the end of Bravo's rotation Sanborn confesses that he is not ready to die and wants to start a family.
  • Brian Geraghty as Specialist Owen Eldridge, the youngest member of the EOD squad. Although he is outwardly tough, he suffers mental anguish and believes he is responsible for the death of his original squad leader, SSG Thompson, having not fired at the insurgent responsible. Eldridge seeks counsel in LTC Cambridge, the base psychiatrist.
  • Christian Camargo as Lieutenant Colonel John Cambridge. LTC Cambridge is the head psychiatrist at Camp Victory. He helps SPC Eldridge recover from the death of SSG Thompson, although he sometimes seems oblivious to the soldiers' pressures. Originally from New York, Cambridge is a graduate of Yale University.
  • David Morse as Colonel Reed, the commander of the American soldiers at the United Nations building. He is fascinated by the EOD squad and questions SFC James about his job.
  • Evangeline Lilly as Connie James, the wife of SFC James. Despite what he initially says, James loves her but feels more comfortable in a warzone. When he goes home to the United States, James discusses the need for more bomb defusers in Iraq.
  • Christopher Sayegh as "Beckham", a 12-year-old Iraqi boy who sells DVDs and various electronic items outside the base. When James discovers a boy's body planted with a bomb, he believes it is Beckham's.
  • Guy Pearce as Staff Sergeant Matthew Thompson, the original leader of the EOD squad.
  • Ralph Fiennes as the leader of a private military contractor unit the squad encounters.



The Hurt Locker is based on accounts of Mark Boal, a freelance journalist who was embedded with an American bomb squad in the war in Iraq. Director Kathryn Bigelow was familiar with Boal's work before his experiences, having turned one of his Playboy articles into the short-lived television series The Inside. When Boal was embedded with the squad, he went with the members 10 to 15 times a day to watch their tasks, keeping in touch with Bigelow about his experiences.[13] Boal combined his experiences into a fictional retelling of real events. He said of the film's goal, "The idea is that it's the first movie about the Iraq War that purports to show the experience of the soldiers. We wanted to show the kinds of things that soldiers go through that you can't see on CNN, and I don't mean that in a censorship-conspiracy way. I just mean the news doesn't actually put photographers in with units that are this elite."[14]


The film's three main stars are Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, and Brian Geraghty. Renner plays Sergeant First Class William James, a composite character with qualities based on individuals that screenwriter Mark Boal knew when embedded with the bomb squad.[13] Mackie plays Sergeant J.T. Sanborn and describes his experience filming in Jordan in the summer, "It was so desperately hot, and we were so easily agitated. But that movie was like doing a play. We really looked out for each other, and it was a great experience. It made me believe in film."[15]Christian Camargo as Colonel Cambridge, Guy Pearce as Staff Sergeant Matt Thompson, David Morse as Colonel Reed, and Evangeline Lilly as Connie James. In Jordan, Bigelow found there were several hundred thousand refugees of Iraq. She cast refugees who had theatrical backgrounds, such as Suhail Aldabbach, who plays a forced suicide bomber at the film's end.[13] Other tertiary roles include Nabil Koni, Fesal Sadoun, Imad Dadudi, Hasan Darwish, Wasfi Amour, Nibras Quassem, and Nader Tarawneh. Geraghty played Specialist Owen Eldrige. Secondary roles include Christopher Sayegh as Beckham,


Members of the key filmmaking crew include producer Tony Mark, director of photography Barry Ackroyd, film editors Chris Innis and Bob Murawski, production designer Karl Júlíusson, production sound mixer Ray Beckett, and costume designer George Little. The film's explosions and special effects were designed by Richard Stutsman and his team. Filming began in July 2007 in Amman, Jordan.

According to producer Tony Mark, the blood, sweat and heat captured on-camera in the production was mirrored behind the scenes. "It's a tough, tough movie about a tough, tough subject," Mark said in an interview, "There was a palpable tension throughout on the set. It was just like the onscreen story of three guys who fight with each other, but when the time comes to do the work, they come together to get the job done."[16]

Filming began in July 2007 in Jordan and Kuwait.[14] Producer Greg Shapiro spoke about security concerns of filming in Jordan, "It was interesting telling people we were going to make the movie in Jordan because the first question everybody asked was about the security situation here." Often four or more camera crews filmed simultaneously, which resulted in nearly 200 hours of footage.[17][18] Although the filmmakers scouted for locations in Morocco, director Kathryn Bigelow sought greater authenticity and decided to film in Jordan. Some of the locations were less than three miles from the Iraq border.[17]

Producer Tony Mark recalled armorer David Fencl's finishing a 12-hour day and staying up all night to create proper ammunition for a sniper rifle when the supplies did not clear Jordanian customs in time for the scheduled shoot.[16] The film shoot had few of the normal Hollywood[16] Lead actor Jeremy Renner, who trained with real EOD teams before shooting the film, says that great care was taken to ensure the film's authenticity.[19] According to Renner, shooting the film in the Middle East contributed to this. "There were two-by-fours with nails being dropped from two-story buildings that hit me in the helmet, and they were throwing rocks.... We got shot at a few times while we were filming," Renner said. "When you see it, you're gonna feel like you've been in war."[20] perks; nobody on the set got an air-conditioned trailer or a private bathroom.

"You can't fake that amount of heat," Mackie says, adding, "When you are on set and all of the extras are Iraqi refugees, it really informs the movie that you're making. When you start hearing the stories from a true perspective ... of people who were actually there, it gives you a clear viewpoint of where you are as an artist and the story you would like to tell. It was a great experience to be there."[21]


For the film, Bigelow sought to immerse audiences "into something that was raw, immediate and visceral". The director was impressed with cinematographer Barry Ackroyd's work on United 93The Wind That Shakes the Barley and invited him to do the camera work for The Hurt Locker. While the film was independently produced and filmed on a low budget, Bigelow used multiple Super 16mm cameras to capture multiple perspectives, saying, "That's how we experience reality, by looking at the microcosm and the macrocosm simultaneously. The eye sees differently than the lens, but with multiple focal lengths and a muscular editorial style, the lens can give you that microcosm/macrocosm perspective, and that contributes to the feeling of total immersion."[22] and

Critical reception

Rotten Tomatoes reported that 97% of critics gave the film a positive review, based on a sample of 182, with an average score of 8.4 out of 10,[23] and it was the second highest-rated film in 2009 at the site, behind Pixar's Up with 98%. At Metacritic, which assigns a rating normalized to 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film has received an average score of 94 based on 33 reviews. Rotten Tomatoes wrote of the critics' consensus, "A well-acted, intensely shot, action filled war epic, Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker is thus far the best reviewed of the recent dramatizations of the Iraq War."[23]

Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun Times rated the film as the best film of the year and as one of the best of the decade,[24] writing, "The Hurt Locker is a great film, an intelligent film, a film shot clearly so that we know exactly who everybody is and where they are and what they're doing and why." He applauded how the suspense was built, calling the film "spellbinding". Ebert considered Renner "a leading contender for Academy Awards", writing, "His performance is not built on complex speeches but on a visceral projection of who this man is and what he feels. He is not a hero in a conventional sense."[25] Richard Corliss of Time magazine also spoke highly of Renner's performance, calling it a highlight of the film. Corliss wrote, "He's ordinary, pudgy-faced, quiet, and at first seems to lack the screen charisma to carry a film. That supposition vanishes in a few minutes, as Renner slowly reveals the strength, confidence and unpredictability of a young Russell Crowe. The merging of actor and character is one of the big things to love about this movie... It's a creepy marvel to watch James in action. He has the cool aplomb, analytical acumen and attention to detail of a great athlete, or a master psychopath, maybe both." Corliss also praised the film's "steely calm" tone, reflective of its main character. Corliss summarized, "The Hurt Locker is a near-perfect movie about men in war, men at work. Through sturdy imagery and violent action, it says that even Hell needs heroes."[26]

A. O. Scott of The New York Times called The Hurt Locker the best American feature film yet made about the war in Iraq: "You may emerge from “The Hurt Locker” shaken, exhilarated and drained, but you will also be thinking... The movie is a viscerally exciting, adrenaline-soaked tour de force of suspense and surprise, full of explosions and hectic scenes of combat, but it blows a hole in the condescending assumption that such effects are just empty spectacle or mindless noise." Scott noticed that the film reserved criticism of the war but wrote of how the director handled the film's limits, "Ms. Bigelow, practicing a kind of hyperbolic realism, distills the psychological essence and moral complications of modern warfare into a series of brilliant, agonizing set pieces." He also applauded the convergence of the characters in the film, "[It] focuses on three men whose contrasting temperaments knit this episodic exploration of peril and bravery into a coherent and satisfying story."[27] Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times[28] wrote that the performances of Renner, Mackie, and Geraghty would raise their profiles considerably and said their characters reveal their "unlooked-for aspects", such as Renner's character being playful with an Iraqi boy. Turan applauded Boal's "lean and compelling" script and reviewed Bigelow's direction, "Bigelow and her team bring an awesome ferocity to re-creating the unhinged mania of bomb removal in an alien, culturally unfathomable atmosphere."

Guy Westwell of Sight & Sound wrote that cinematographer Barry Ackroyd provided "sharp handheld coverage" and that Paul N.J. Ottosson's sound design "uses the barely perceptible ringing of tinnitus to amp up the tension." Westwell praised the production value, reviewing, "The careful mapping of the subtle differences between each bomb, the play with point of view... and the attenuation of key action sequences... lends the film a distinctive quality that can only be attributed to Bigelow's clever, confident direction." The critic noted its different take on the Iraq War, "[I]t confronts the fact that men often take great pleasure in war." He concluded, "This unapologetic celebration of a testosterone-fuelled lust for war may gall. Yet there is something original and distinctive about the film's willingness to admit that for some men (and many moviegoers) war carries an intrinsic dramatic charge."[29] Amy Taubin of Film CommentThe Hurt Locker as "a structuralist war movie" and "a totally immersive, off-the-charts high-anxiety experience from beginning to end". Taubin praised Ackroyd's "brilliant" cinematography with multiple viewpoints and also said of the film's editing, "Bob Murawski and Chris Innis's editing is similarly quick and nervous; the rapid changes in POV as they cut from one camera's coverage to another's makes you feel as if you, like the characters, are under threat from all sides."[30] described

Joe Morgenstern of The Wall Street Journal called it, "A first-rate action thriller, a vivid evocation of urban warfare in Iraq, a penetrating study of heroism and a showcase for austere technique, terse writing and a trio of brilliant performances."[31] Toronto Star critic Peter Howell said, "Just when you think the battle of Iraq war dramas has been fought and lost, along comes one that demands to be seen... If you can sit through The Hurt Locker without your heart nearly pounding through your chest, you must be made of granite."[32] Entertainment Weekly's film critic Lisa Schwarzbaum gave the film the rare "A" rating, calling it, "an intense, action-driven war pic, a muscular, efficient standout that simultaneously conveys the feeling of combat from within as well as what it looks like on the ground. This ain't no war videogame."[33]

Derek Elley of Variety found The Hurt Locker to be "gripping" as a thriller but felt that the film was weakened by, "its fuzzy (and hardly original) psychology." Elley wrote that it was unclear to know where the drama lay: "These guys get by on old-fashioned guts and instinct rather than sissy hardware – but it's not a pure men-under-stress drama either." The critic also felt that the script showed, "signs of artificially straining for character depth."[34] Anne Thompson, also writing for Variety, believed The Hurt Locker to be a contender for Best Picture, particularly based on the unique subject matter pursued by a female director and on being an exception to other films about the Iraq War that had performed poorly.[35]

Tara McKelvey from The American Prospect believes that the film is pro-U.S. Army propaganda, although it sets itself up as anti-war when its message in the beginning is "War is a drug". She continues, "you feel empathy for the soldiers when they shoot. And in this way, the full impact of the Iraq war – at least as it was fought in 2004 – becomes clear: American soldiers shot at Iraqi civilians even when, for example, they just happened to be holding a cell phone and standing near an IED". She concludes, "For all the graphic violence, bloody explosions and, literally, human butchery that is shown in the film, The Hurt Locker is one of the most effective recruiting vehicles for the U.S. Army that I have seen."[36]

Response among veterans

The movie was criticized by some Iraq veterans and embedded reporters for inaccurately portraying wartime conditions.[37] Writing for The Huffington Post, Iraq veteran Kate Hoit said that The Hurt Locker is "Hollywood's version of the Iraq war and of the soldiers who fight it, and their version is inaccurate." She described the film as being more accurate than other recently released war movies, but expressed concerns that numerous errors in the portrayal of military conditions would prevent service members from enjoying the film.[38]

Author Brandon Friedman, also a combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, shared a similar view at VetVoice: "The Hurt Locker is a high-tension, well-made, action movie that will certainly keep most viewers on the edges of their seats. But if you know anything about the Army, or about operations or life in Iraq, you'll be so distracted by the nonsensical sequences and plot twists that it will ruin the movie for you. It certainly did for me." Friedman criticized the accuracy of the film's representation of combat, saying "in real life, EOD techs don't conduct dangerous missions as autonomous three-man teams without communications gear... Another thing you'll rarely hear in combat is an EOD E-7 suggesting to two or three of his guys that they leave the scene of an explosion in an Iraqi city by saying: "C'mon, let's split up. We can cover more ground that way." "[39]

At the blog Army of Dude, infantryman and Iraq veteran Alex Horton noted that "the way the team goes about their missions is completely absurd," though he went on to call the film "the best Iraq movie to date."[40]

Troy Steward, another combat veteran, wrote on the blog Bouhammer that while the film accurately depicted the scale of bomb violence and the relations between Iraqis and troops, "just about everything else wasn’t realistic." Steward went on to say: "I was amazed that a movie so bad could get any kind of accolades from anyone."[41]

A review published March 8, 2010 in the Air Force Times[42] cited overall negative reviews from bomb experts in Iraq attached to the 4th Brigade, 1st Armored Division, quoting a bomb disposal team leader who called the movie’s portrayal of a bomb expert “grossly exaggerated and not appropriate”, and describing the lead character as “more of a run and gun cowboy type…exactly the kind of person that we’re not looking for.” Another bomb disposal team member said that the lead character’s “swagger would put a whole team at risk. Our team leaders don’t have that kind of invincibility complex, and if they do, they aren’t allowed to operate. A team leader’s first priority is getting his team home in one piece.”

On the embedded side, former correspondent for The Politico and Military Times Christian Lowe (who embedded with U.S. military units each year from 2002 to 2005) explained at DefenseTech: "Some of the scenes are so disconnected with reality to be almost parody."[43]

On the other hand, Henry Engelhardt, an adjutant with the National Explosive Ordnance Disposal Association having 20 years of experience in bomb defusal, praised the film's atmosphere and depiction of the difficulties of the job, saying, "Of course, no film is realistic in all its details, but the important things were done very well."[44] Screenwriter Mark Boal noted that The Hurt Locker was produced independently, without US Army extras.[45]


[edit] Festival screenings

The Hurt Locker had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on September 4, 2008, and the film received a 10-minute standing ovation at the end of its screening.[46] At the festival, the film won the SIGNIS award,[47] the Arca Cinemagiovani Award (Arca Young Cinema Award) for "Best Film Venezia 65" (chosen by an international youth jury); the Human Rights Film Network Award; and the "Navicella" – Venezia Cinema Award.[citation needed] The film also screened at the 33rd Annual Toronto International Film Festival on September 8,[46] where it generated "keen interest", though distributors were reluctant to buy it since previous films about the Iraq War performed poorly at the box office.[48] Summit Entertainment purchased the film for distribution in the United States in what was perceived as "a skittish climate for pic sales",[49][50] reportedly paying $1.2 million for the rights.

In the rest of 2008, The Hurt Locker screened at the 3rd Zurich Film Festival,[51] the 37th Festival du Nouveau Cinéma,[52] the 21st Mar del Plata Film Festival,[53] the 5th Dubai International Film Festival,[54] and the 12th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.[55] In 2009, The Hurt Locker screened at the Göteborg International Film Festival,[56] the 10th Film Comment Selects festival,[57] and the South by Southwest Film Festival.[58] It had a centerpiece screening at the 3rd AFI Dallas International Film Festival, where director Kathryn Bigelow received the Dallas Star Award.[59] Other 2009 festivals included the Human Rights Nights International Film Festival,[60] the Seattle International Film Festival,[61] and the Philadelphia Film Festival.[62]

Theatrical run

The Hurt Locker was first publicly released in Italy by Warner Bros. Pictures on October 10, 2008.[46] It was released in the United States on June 26, 2009, with a limited release at four theaters in Los Angeles and New York City.[63] Over its first weekend, it grossed $145,352, averaging $36,338 per theater. The following weekend, beginning July 3, the film grossed $131,202 at nine theaters, averaging $14,578 per theater.[64] It held the highest per-screen-average of any movie playing theatrically in the United States for the first two weeks of its release, gradually moving into the top 20 chart with much wider-released, bigger budget studio films. It held around number 13 or number 14 on box office charts for an additional four weeks.[65] Based on that success, distributor Summit Entertainment went wider to more than 500 screens on July 24, 2009.[66][67][68][69] As of March 14, 2010, the film grossed only $22,356,139 against its $15 million production budget.[70]

According to the Los Angeles Times, The Hurt Locker performed better than most recent dramas about Middle East conflict. The independent film was acquired by Summit Entertainment at last year's Toronto International Film Festival for $1.5 million and has since made almost 11 times that amount. The film outperformed all other Iraq-war themed films such as In the Valley of Elah (2007), Stop-Loss (2008) and Afghanistan-themed Lions for Lambs[1][71] (2007).

The Hurt Locker opened in the top ten in the United Kingdom in 103 theaters, scoring the fourth highest per screen average of $3,607, ranking between G-Force and G.I. Joe in overall grosses. The film garnered a half a million dollars in its opening week in the United Kingdom of August 28 through September 3, 2009,[72] and has grossed over a million dollars in both the UK and France[73] through early October.

Distribution: Independent film print shortage

According to an article in the Springfield, Illinois State Journal-Register, as of August 2009 there was a shortage of film prints of The Hurt Locker, as well as other hit independent films such as Food Inc.[74] Distributors told theater owners that they will have to wait weeks or months past the initial U.S. release date, to get the few available prints that are already in distribution. “Sometimes the distributors goof up,” said a film buyer for one theater, “they misjudge how wide they should go."[74] One theory is that the independent films have a hard time competing for screen space during the summer against blockbuster tent-pole movies that hog up as much as half the screens in any given city, flooding the United States market with thousands of prints. Theater owners have also complained about distributors, "bunching too many movies too close together."[74][75] It is also thought that independent film distributors are trying to cut their losses on prints by recycling them. Given the popularity of some of the films that are "hard to come by", this strategy may be leaving box office money on the table.[74][75]

Home video

The Hurt Locker was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in North America on January 12, 2010. This disc includes an added audio commentary featuring director Kathryn Bigelow, writer Mark Boal, and other members of the production crew, an image gallery of photos from shooting, and a 15-minute EPK featurette highlighting the filming experience in Jordan and the film's production. The UK Blu-ray has no commentary.

Awards and honors

Starting with its initial screening at the 2008 Venice International Film Festival, The Hurt Locker has earned an impressive list of awards and honors. It has also earned its place on more Top 10 lists than any other film of 2009. It won in six categories at the 82nd Academy AwardsBest Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Film Editing. It lost the award for Best Actor to Crazy Heart, Best Original Score to Up, and Best Cinematography to Avatar.[76]The Hurt Locker also won for three Golden Globe awards.[77] Kathryn Bigelow was awarded the 2009 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Achievement in Feature Film for the film, the first time a female director has ever won.[78] The film won six awards at the BAFTAs held on February 21 2010, including Best Film and Best Director for Bigelow. The film swept most critics groups awards for best director and best picture including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Boston and Las Vegas film critics associations. The Hurt Locker also became only the fourth film to win all three major U.S. critics group prizes (NY, LA and NSFC) joining Goodfellas, Schindler's List and L.A. Confidential. and was nominated in nine, including

The Washington DC Area Film Critics award for Best Director was given to Kathryn Bigelow, the first time the honor has gone to a woman. The five awards from the Boston Society of Film Critics was the most given out by that organization to a single film in the group's entire thirty-year history.[79] According to the film-ranking website They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?, The Hurt Locker is the 13th most acclaimed film of the 21st Century.[80] In February 2010, the film's producer Nicolas Chartier emailed a group of Academy Award voters in an attempt to sway them to vote for The Hurt Locker instead of "a $500M film" (referring to Avatar) for the Best Picture award. He later issued a public apology saying that it was "out of line and not in the spirit of the celebration of cinema that this acknowledgment is."[81][82] The Academy later banned him from attending the award ceremony.[83]

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