Trailer: 'The Hurt Locker' looks awesome

by Joey Paur

How have I not heard of this film? This is the first time I have heard of the movie 'The Hurt Locker'. I had no idea what it was about or who was in it, but when I saw this trailer I was blown away, and it makes my list of can';t wait to see movies of 2009. I wasn't expecting the movie that this will turn out to be. I am a big fan of the military and what they do for our country. On top of that I love movies that deal with the military whether they take place in the past, present or future. I play the military video games, and it may or may not surprise you that I collect some pretty awesome military action figures including G.I. Joe. So when I see a movie like this that looks like it is going to be very cool and very intense, I can't help but get excited. The movie stars Ralph Fiennes, Guy Pearce, Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, David Morse, Evangeline Lilly, and Brian Geraghty.

The Official story Synopsis goes a little like this:

Baghdad, 2007: Not where you want to be.

The cradle of civilization has become a city of bombs. Every fifteen minutes an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) explodes with deadly impact … or must be disarmed.

Enter the bomb squad – the only unit trained to disarm these deadly devices. B-Company is the elite of the elite, running to ticking bombs when everyone else runs away. Still, the daily confrontations have begun to take their toll on two of its best soldiers, Sergeant Sanborn, an ex-Ranger who never threw a punch he didn’t think was well-deserved, and Specialist Eldridge, a young Socrates with a rifle, who believes all men are created equal – except the ones in his M4 scope.

With only 38 days left in their tour, Sanborn and Eldridge are forced to work with a new team leader, a mysterious tech named William James who treats the job like a cowboy going for a Sunday ride. James is good – maybe too good – and his strut scares the other men. It’s almost as if he enjoys toying with death.

As the insurgency escalate their attacks and the bomb squad must face increasingly tougher odds in the dangerous game of cat and mouse, James’ strange urge for danger pushes Sanborn and Eldridge to the edge of acceptable risk – and then takes them way beyond what they thought possible … until they are forced to choose between following James and saving their own lives.

With just 16 days left, the team receives its hardest mission yet: charge into the blazing aftermath of an exploded oil tanker. James is ready. Sanborn puts on his gloves. Eldridge cocks his rifle. And they go. The three men charge into that smoky inferno … shots ring out … a body falls … and only two men come walking back.

Now, they’re all in the Hurt Locker. And there are still 15 days left in the tour.

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