The Hurt Locker is a 2009 American war thriller directed by Kathryn Bigelow. It was one of the most acclaimed films of 2009, earning awards and honors from numerous organizations, festivals and groups. The film swept the 2010 BAFTA Awards, winning best film, director, original screenplay, editing, cinematography and sound. It has been nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. The nominations tie the film with Avatar, directed by Bigelow's ex-husband James Cameron. The film follows a United States Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team during the Iraq War .
<ul><li>The story was written by Mark Boal, a freelance writer who was embedded with a bomb squad. 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. </li></ul>
<ul><li>The film was shot in the Middle East, specifically in Jordan, within miles of the Iraq border. It was first released theatrically in Italy in 2008. It was then released in the United States on June 26, 2009, in New York and Los Angeles. Based on the success of its limited run, the independent film received a more widespread theatrical release in the United States on July 24, 2009. The film had initially premiered at the Venice Film Festival in late 2008, then at the Toronto International Film Festival in North America, where it was picked up for distribution in the United States by Summit Entertainment. </li></ul>
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