Written by: James W. Huston Published: October 26, 2010
The first time I heard about The Hurt Locker I was a little jealous.Â What a great title.Â I wished Iâ€™d thought of it for a book.Â Saying youâ€™re in the â€śhurt lockerâ€ť or weâ€™re going to put someone else in the â€śhurt lockerâ€ť is a very common term in the military.Â And itâ€™s a perfect title for a book or a movie.Â So I was immediately intrigued.Â I didnâ€™t get around to watching it in the theaters, but did watch the Oscars as it won best picture.Â Wow.Â A military film winning best picture?
Itâ€™s extremely rare for a military or war movie to win best picture.Â But something that is growing even more rare, is for Hollywood to make a movie that portrays the military positively, and the conduct of a given war as reasonable, or even honorable.Â If the film is about war, the general rule (not universal, see We Were Soldiers Once, and Young, and Saving Private Ryan) you can be fairly well assured the Hollywood of today will be against it, and the movie will show it.
In the last forty years there have been only four â€śwarâ€ť films that have won best picture. The first, and the best known, is Patton.Â 1970.Â It may have been the last one to imply that a given war may be worth fighting, and the men involved were honorable.Â You could argue that they were showing Patton as crazy; but Iâ€™ve seen it several times and never came away from it with the idea that the movie was anti-war, anti-World War II.