March 3, 2010, - 4:04 pm
As those who’ve been readers since last summer know, I really liked the Academy Award-nominated film, “The Hurt Locker.” I put in in my top five films for 2009, and I voted for it in several categories as a member of the Detroit Film Critics Society. You can read my full review here.
In summary, the movie is fantastic in that it shows us not only how tough it is to serve our country, but the risks our soldiers take every single day so that we don’t have to–how they constantly put their lives on the line (and their families, too). And it shows how good our soldiers are to the Iraqis and their kids, who really don’t give a damn in return. That’s important, as is the fact that our presence in these places–where we refuse to fight a tough war, and, instead, are making nice with a hostile enemy and constantly defusing bombs–is futile. Unless we are willing to kill people and destroy things, we lost in the first place (and in the case of Iraq, we handed it over to Iranian-backed leaders who will ultimately make it a satellite state of the Ayatollahs, as it basically is now). Some liberals, including director Katharine Bigelow, and some conservatives say it’s an anti-war movie. But that’s in the eye of the beholder. In my view, the movie is extremely patriotic.
But now that the movie is up for an award on Sunday’s Oscar telecast (where I think it may win Best Picture or will, at least, win Best Director), it’s come under fire from some mainstream media reporters who found a few soldiers willing to nitpick the film to death over tiny minutiae that are completely irrelevant (like uniforms that aren’t accurate). And I’m getting hate-mail from ignoramuses who think they are conservative, telling me I’m somehow a liberal Democrat because I liked the movie. These are people who probably didn’t even see it, people who don’t read this site, or they’d have a clue. Sadly, they don’t. They’re citing a ridiculous article in the liberal Washington Post–no fan of the America’s Armed Forces–to call me out for liking the movie. HUH?! Next, they’ll be citing the Soros Nazi-funded Media Matters and MoveOn.org. It’s as ridiculous as the Sarah Palin litmus test posed by far too many airhead faux-conservatives who mindlessly put personalities above all principles.
Accuracy is important, but so is Hollywood making films that don’t villainize our fighting men overseas and–by that token–villainize America. And, until The Hurt Locker, there really isn’t anything coming out of Lalaland but tripe that constantly paints our soldiers as thugs, murderers, rapists, male sluts, mentally unstable or flat-out insane, disloyal, etc. The only other pro-American soldier movie I’ve seen recently–the only other film that portrays American soldiers in such a positive light–is “Dear John” (read my review), and that’s really a heavy-handed (but likeable) love story, which isn’t as much about being an American soldier as “The Hurt Locker” is.
And here’s a tip to the doubters: the story in the movie is not only true, but yesterday, trial lawyer Geoffrey Fieger filed suit against “The Hurt Locker’s” makers, on behalf of Master Sgt. Jeffrey S. Sarver, who was the subject of a Playboy article written by Mark Boal, and on which Boal apparently based the movie’s screenplay (which he also wrote). Given this, it’s hilarious to read the Washington Post’s and other mainstream media sources’ claims that “The Hurt Locker” doesn’t bear any resemblance to the experiences of real American soldiers, real bomb technicians in uniform. Master Sgt. Sarver seems to think otherwise. And I guess the Washington Post and the lumpenconservatariat hate-mailers are saying he didn’t exist.
Sarver says he is Will James, the lead character. Not only was he the subject of screenplay author Boal’s Playboy piece, but his life sounds just like the movie. It sounds like he was robbed, and I hope he gets his piece of the action, which he deserves after serving his country with honor for 18 years and continuing to do so.
And just like he is a great soldier, “The Hurt Locker” is a great movie. Try seeing it first, before you tell me otherwise.
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