The Oscar winning movie “The Hurt Locker” rocks! For once there is a film sympathetic to men & women serving in the US military which isn’t piss & moan, or worse. Credit must go to the director, Kathryn Bigelow, who also won an Academy Award, the first woman to do so for directing.
She is a no nonsense film maker. Her approach–on top of her technical prowess–is what I like: Don’t preach, don’t pander, don’t talk down. Just lay out the story and let it speak for itself.
Movie critic A.O. Smith–whom I frequently dislike–said this about her in his review for “The New York Times”:
“She is one of the few directors for whom action-movie-making and the cinema of ideas are synonymous. You may emerge from “The Foot Locker” shaken, exhilarated and drained, but you will also be thinking.”
It’s a slice of life look at the Iraq War and how ordinary soldiers just do their job under difficult circumstances. The movie doesn’t prettify it. Some Neo-Cons no doubt wish it would have. But they have ulterior motives. As Jesse Ventura said on “The View” this morning: “Some people favor war because they make money off of it.” The soldiers don’t; they just do their job.
Airhead Nadia Mendoza in Britain’s “The Sun” newspaper didn’t like “The Hurt Locker.” In fact, she hated it so much that she thought the Oscar voting was rigged. But then she was all agog about the cute alien blue goddess in “Avatar.”
Squishy radical Robert Scheer in the blog “Truthdig” also didn’t like it. He called “The Hurt Locker”s multiple wins “An Oscar for Hubris.” Say what? The movie opens with a quote from Chris Hedges, a former war correspondent for “The New York Times”, and now an Iraq War opponent: “The rush of battle is often a potent and lethal addiction, for war is a drug.” What more does Scheer want?
The American military is being ground to pieces in wars that have nothing to do with the defense of the USA. “The Hurt Locker” shows sympathy for those stuck in this fight. Nothing more.
Again, A.O. Smith in The Times:
“The squad of well-meaning topical dramas that trudged across the screens in the fall of 2007 were at once hysterical and noncommittal, registering an anxious, high-minded ambivalence that was neither illuminating, nor especially entertaining. And the public, perhaps sufficiently enervated and confused by reality, was not eager to it recreated on screen.”
Love the troops! Hate the war! Is that so difficult?
On a practical note: With the American Empire coming unglued and on the brink of ethnic-based civil war, we need our Armed Forces back home and in tact.