Many people were probably stunned, along with myself, to see the film "The Hurt Locker" win Best Picture Award this past Sunday at the Academy Awards. The movie beat out many notably well made films that also came out this past year. The big budgeted, sci-fi blockbuster film "Avatar" was one of the nominees that lost to "The Hurt Locker". Many expected "Avatar" to walk away with the majority of the awards, as well as a shoo in for Best Picture; however this lesser known film came along and took many by surprise.
The film centers around an Army Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team deployed to Iraq, led by a do-it-himself, living on the fringes of danger, Staff Sgt. played by Jeremy Renner. As the Academy Award buzz had picked up the last few months, the movie has picked up quite a bit of controversey. Film critics have praised it for its fine performances, superb direction, and raw intensity. War veterans and other service members have pointed out certain flaws within the film and have reacted with negative responses for its depiction of soldiers in combat.
Many EOD members have pointed out scenes in the film as far fectched, and laugh at the nature of how improvised bombs are disarmed. Other members of today's military have praised the film for its portrayal of our troops in combat situations. They say the movie is an accurate and authentic view of what soldiers are experiencing everyday.
Some veterans however do not see the film as worthy of any praise. It has been stated that "The Hurt Locker" portrays troops as a more reckless cowboy type.
Mark Boal, who wrote and produced the film said that the film was not intended to be seen as a documentary or a training film, and hoped that the creative choices that were made to enhance the dramatic effect were made respectfully and conscientiously.