R | | Drama, Thriller, War
During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work.
After Lina Wertmüller in Seven Beauties (1975), Jane Campion for The Piano (1993), and Sofia Coppola for Lost in Translation (2003), Kathryn Bigelow was only the fourth woman nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director. Subsequently, the only additional woman nominated was Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird (2017). Bigelow is the only one of the five to have won the award.
Spc. Owen Eldridge:
Aren't you glad the Army has all these tanks parked here? Just in case the Russians come and we have to have a big tank battle?
Sergeant JT Sanborn: I'd rather be on the side with the tanks, just in case, than not have 'em.
Spc. Owen Eldridge: Yeah, but they don't do anything. I mean, ...
Sergeant JT Sanborn: ...
The EOD technicians in the film are shown possessing multiple skills sets (military sniper being one) which are actually completely different job classifications within the US Army. They would have to train in each of these varied job classifications for months or even years ( in addition to their primary skills) before they would be able to employ their skills in combat.
There are no opening credits, not even a title.
€48,188 (Italy) (10 October 2008)
$17,017,811 (USA) (12 May 2015)
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