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Jakarta Post

The little war movie that could

  • Sara Veal


Jakarta   /   Sun, March 21 2010   /  04:31 pm

Reviewing a film that has just received the highest cinematic accolade is challenging. Then again, those good folks at the Oscars don't always get it right, and often reward dreary, self-important "Oscar-bait" that we mere popcorn-munching mortals would secretly consider to be like boiled carrots at dinner-time. Good for you but no fun at all But, in this case, The Hurt Locker simultaneously defies expectation and earns its sky-high hype - if you've been living under a rock, Kathryn Bigelow's "little movie" seemingly came out of nowhere to sweep the Oscars last weekend, claiming six little gold men and triumphing over the showier Avatar, a David vs. Goliath story made even more memorable as James Cameron is Bigelow's ex-husband. It's an Oscar-winning war film that's horrific without being gratuitous, important without being pompous, and even fun, without glorifying war. Th...