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Hurt Locker--production notes

Hurt Locker--production notes

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   THE HURT LOCKER   
 Production NotesFor additional publicity materials and artwork, please visit:www.maplepictures.com For more information, please contact:Angie BurnsMaple Pictures2 Bloor St. West, Suite 1001Toronto, ONM4W 3E2P: 416.415.7231E:aburns@maplepictures.com 
 
SYNOPSIS
 The Hurt Locker,
winner of the 2008 Venice Film Festival SIGNIS Grand Prize, is a riveting,suspenseful portrait of the courage under fire of the military’s unrecognized heroes: thetechnicians of a bomb squad who volunteer to challenge the odds and save lives in one of theworld’s most dangerous places. Three members of the Army’s elite Explosive Ordnance Disposal(EOD) squad battle insurgents and each other as they search for and disarm a wave of roadsidebombs on the streets of Baghdad—in order to try and make the city a safer place for Iraqis andAmericans alike.  Their mission is clear—protect and save—but it’s anything but easy, as themargin of error when defusing a war-zone bomb is zero. This thrilling and heart-pounding look atthe effects of combat and danger on the human psyche is based on the first-hand observations ofjournalist and screenwriter Mark Boal, who was embedded with a special bomb unit in Iraq.These men spoke of explosions as putting you in “the hurt locker.” Acclaimed director Kathryn Bigelow brings together groundbreaking realistic action and intimatehuman drama in a landmark film starring Jeremy Renner (
Dahmer, The Assassination of Jesse James 
), Anthony Mackie (
Half Nelson, We Are Marshall 
) and Brian Geraghty (
We Are Marshall,Jarhead 
), with cameo appearances by Ralph Fiennes (The Reader), David Morse (“JohnAdams”), Evangeline Lilly (“Lost”) and Guy Pearce (
Memento 
). The Hurt Locker is produced byKathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Greg Shapiro and Nicolas Chartier. The screenplay is written byMark Boal (
In the Valley of Elah 
, story). Barry Ackroyd, BSC (
United 93, The Wind That Shakes the Barley 
) is director of photography. Production designer is Karl Juliusson (
K19: The Widowmaker, Breaking the Waves 
). Editors are Bob Murawski (
Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3 
) andChris Innis. Costume designer is George Little (
Jarhead, Crimson Tide 
). Music is by AcademyAward Nominee Marco Beltrami (
Knowing 
) and Buck Sanders (
3:10 to Yuma 
), and sound designby Academy Award Nominee Paul N.J. Ottosson (
Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3 
). In the summer of 2004, Sergeant J.T. Sanborn (Anthony Mackie) and Specialist Owen Eldridge(Brian Geraghty) of Bravo Company are at the volatile center of the war, part of a smallcounterforce specifically trained to handle the homemade bombs, or Improvised ExplosiveDevices (IEDs), that account for more than half of American hostile deaths and have killedthousands of Iraqis. The job, a high-pressure, high-stakes assignment, which soldiers volunteerfor, requires a calm intelligence that leaves no room for mistakes, as they learn when they losetheir team leader on a routine mission. When Staff Sergeant William James (Jeremy Renner) cheerfully takes over the team, Sanbornand Eldridge are shocked by what seems like his reckless disregard for military protocol and
 
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basic safety measures. And yet, in the fog of war, appearances are never reliable for long. IsJames really a swaggering cowboy who lives for peak experiences and the moments when themargin of error is zero – or is he a consummate professional who has honed his esoteric craft tohigh-wire precision? As the fiery chaos of Baghdad threatens to engulf them, the men struggle tounderstand and contain their mercurial new leader long enough for them to make it home. Theyhave only 38 days left in their tour, but with each new mission comes another deadly encounter,and as James blurs the line between bravery and bravado, it seems only a matter of time beforedisaster strikes. With a visual and emotional intensity that makes audiences feel like they have been transportedto Iraq’s dizzying, 24-hour turmoil, The Hurt Locker is both a gripping portrayal of real-life sacrificeand heroism, and a layered, probing study of the soul-numbing rigors and potent allure of themodern battlefield. 

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