08 Mar HURT LOCKER IS A BETTER MILITARY MOVIE THAN AVATAR
My brother rightly pointed out – when James Cameron used the phrase 'shock and awe' in his script, he jerked his audience out of 2154 and planted us in present day Iraq. And what's with the relic 20th century wheelchair in 2154? I know Sam Worthington's character couldn't afford surgery for his bung legs – but that wheelchair would be a valuable museum piece. He wouldn't have been able to afford that either.
And the derivative story that Cameron claimed to have written 15 years ago? It's been suggested Avatar could be re-titled Pocahontas In Space. Hard to argue with that.
Some people – buddies – didn't like Hurt Locker – thought it was too long. But time is hard to measure when you're waiting for a bomb to go off.
I loved the opportunity to get a feel for what it's like to be part of an elite bomb diffusion squad. And I'm glad Kathryn Bigelow won the oscar for Best Director – not Best Female Director.
The best film won too.