The Hurt Locker (Oscar Review)

Wow. In a bad way. I understand that The Hurt Locker snagged/stole the Best Picture Academy Award for 2009, but I refuse to accept it. Here are my reasons.

Don’t get me wrong, the film was definitely not the worst movie in 2009 – try watching Labor Pains with both eyes open – but it did not deserve all of the hype or awards. Let’s start with the story. The film centers around three soldiers during wartime in Iraq. These fellows search for active mines and deactivate them whilst trying to not get killed. The in-betweener scenes are filled with pretentious display of machismo, dry conversations, explorations of Iraqi ruins, and an ample amount of expository. In an nutshell sense, the film is a mockumentary of the Iraqi “war”. The American already knows what’s going on in Iraq (thanks to the news), yet the production team of The Hurt Locker felt like it was time for some more exploitation.

The film glorifies itself to be a cinematic breakthrough of capturing true human emotions in a deathtrap environment. I say, bullshit. The story barely cuts deeper than being a “war” movie. Of course the Americans have to be the good guys and of course they save the day. And not to bash the American soldiers across the seas, in a cinematic viewpoint, aren’t the greater stories told when both sides of the line are presented equally and letting the audience decide which one is the good side. Which brings me to propaganda.

The Academy and Hollywood in general has been a huge disappointment within the past few years – award/recognition wise. Although within these past few years, the revolution of award giving has been conveyed through much deserving awardees like Halle Berry and Jennifer Hudson, there still remains the most obvious non-deserving awardees who’s only reason for getting the award and recognition lies on the Academy’s wrongful yet intentional decisions.

Shakespeare In Love wins over Saving Private Ryan, Crash wins over Brokeback Mountain, and now The Hurt Locker wins over Avatar. My only conclusion for the mis-awarding of the Best Picture Category is conflict. The Academy loves the conflict and drama it creates and forcefully ripples down great filmmakers/film lovers spines. The Oscars is like that one girl/guy in high school who dresses differently compared to the rest of the campus, but in their mind, they are “cool”. Definitely the Academy Awards is a hit or miss show, but lately, as far as Best Picture, it’s an obvious red-flag miss. Shame on you. Shame on The Hurt Locker being proud of being “The Best Picture” (or whatever that is nowadays).


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