Tuesday, April 6, 2010
I might have been the only one, I know.
But I did not like the movie The Hurt Locker.
No doubt Kathryn Bigelow is a great director that have matured since Point Break.
No doubt either that the ensemble cast was perfectly chosen. Young, earnest, brazen, adorable fools with gumption and a WTF attitude that's a winner in the US.
But a film about war is a dangerous beast.
And somewhere along the line I thought we just forgot that that war is not just about American lives. We're affecting others, telling them what to do, where to go, judging which deserve to live or die. Where were they? How were they represented in that narration?
And when I saw that little boy trying to sell off those DVD, I knew this movie had reach its limit. Honesty would be reign in for a more glamorous US approach. All psychological observations would be put aside for sensations and sounds.
A good actor can makes us forget that not every soldier is out there putting their life at risk for little children, not every soldier is a hero, not everything about this war is about the US saving the day.
Here's a more realistic vision. Actually, here's reality: War is not only Hell for us, The US. It is also Hell for all those surrounding us, those we kill, those we wound.
WikiLeaks helped us to remember today with this very important video about the collateral damage done in Iraq. To them and us.