The first 8 minutes of Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker is available on Hulu. The action thriller stars Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Evangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes, David Morse and Guy Pearce, in a story that follows the technicians of a bomb squad who volunteer to challenge the odds and save lives doing one of the world’s most dangerous jobs. Three members of the Army’s elite Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) squad battle insurgents and one another as they search for and disarm a wave of roadside bombs on the streets of Baghdad—in order to try and make the city a safer place for Iraqis and Americans alike. Their mission is clear, but it’s anything but easy, as the margin of error when defusing a war-zone bomb is zero. This thrilling and heart-pounding look at the psychology of bomb technicians and the effects of risk and danger on the human psyche is a fictional tale inspired by real events by journalist and screenwriter Mark Boal, who was embedded with a special bomb unit in Iraq. In Iraq, it’s soldier vernacular to speak of explosions as sending you to “the hurt locker.”
The film, which is in limited release in New York and Los Angeles, had the #1 per theater average gross at the box office for the second weekend in a row this past weekend. This Friday it will expand to 17 more cities including Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Minneapolis, Oahu, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto and Washington D.C., ahead of its July 24th nationwide rollout.
Check it out below.