The Hurt Locker, winner of the 2008 Venice Film Festival SIGNIS Grand Prize, is a riveting, suspenseful portrait of the military's most unrecognized heroes: the technicians of a bomb squad who volunteer to challenge the odds and save lives in one of the world's most dangerous places. Three members of the Army's elite Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) squad battle insurgents and each other 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: Protect and save! 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 effects of combat and danger on the human psyche is based on the first-hand observations of journalist and screenwriter Mark Boal, who was embedded with a special bomb unit in Iraq. We recently caught up with Boal, as well as cast members Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, and director Kathryn Bigelow to chat about this intense new thriller. To watch our exclusive interviews, click on the video clip below:

The Hurt Locker opens in selected theatres on June 26th, 2009.

B. Alan Orange