US Army Sergeant First Class Will James, Sergeant JT Sanborn and Specialist Owen Eldridge comprise the Bravo Company’s bomb disposal unit currently stationed in Baghdad. James is the tech team leader. When James arrives on the scene, Bravo Company has thirty-nine days left on its current deployment. It will be a long thirty-nine days for Sanborn and Eldridge whose styles do not mesh with their new leader. James is a renegade for who the thrill of the dismantlement seems to be the ultimate goal regardless of the safety of his fellow team members, others on the scene or himself. On the other hand, Sanborn is by the books: he knows his place and duty and trusts others in the army to carry out theirs as well as he. And Eldridge is an insecure soldier who is constantly worried that an error or misjudgment on his part will lead to the death of an innocent civilian or a military colleague. While the three members face their own internal issues, they have to be aware of any person at the bomb sites, some of who may be bombers themselves. –IMDb
Kathryn Ann Bigelow (born November 27, 1951) is an American film director, working in the science fiction, action and horror genres.
Bigelow was born in San Carlos, California, United States, the only child of a paint factory manager and a librarian. She broke into cinema via the art world, starting her creative life as a painter as a fellow at the Whitney Museum in New York. Bigelow entered the graduate film program at Columbia University, where she studied theory and criticism. Her professors included Vito Acconci and Susan Sontag. Bigelow worked with noted conceptualist Lawrence Weiner and worked with the Art & Language collective.
Bigelow’s first short film, The Set-Up (1978), is a 20-minute deconstruction of violence in film. The film portrays “two men (Gary Busey included) fight[ing] each other as the semioticians Sylvère Lotringer and Marshall Blonsky deconstruct the images in voice-over.” Her first full-length feature was The Loveless (1982… read more
"You love playing with all your stuffed animals. You love your pajamas. You love everything, don't ya? But you know what, buddy? As you get older, some of the things you love might not seem so special anymore. And the older you get, the fewer things you really love. And by the time you get to my age, maybe it's only one or two things. With me, I think it's one." -Staff Sergeant William James
A portrait of modern warfare as self-perpetuating technocracy.
Also: The latest on her upcoming Bin Laden project.
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Kathryn Bigelow est bien une femme. Si si, c’est vrai que de prime abord, on pourrait penser à un homme tant sa filmographie est loin d’être faite de comédies romantiques ou de romances tout simplement… read review
There are two moments in Kathryn Bigelow’s cinematic sledgehammer that is Hurt Locker that articulate better than anything else the dehumanising effect of war. The first comes when Staff Sergeant James… read review
his film, insofar as an action flick, absolutely does not disappoint. Just don’t sell it any further past that. It delivers on offering a heart-pounding war film coupled with a psychological dissection… read review