The Economist online looks back at the spate of Iraq War film failures, and contrasts it to what they’re calling a promising new feature entitled The Hurt Locker, about an EOD unit operating in Iraq. It seems to eschew partisan moralizing that I believe was the major reason these films didn’t find audiences—not because of “subject matter.”
As I brought up in an earlier post, there is a dearth of good, non-agenda-peddling movies about our recent national adventures. A film that acts as a political sounding board is never going to provoke discussion. It’ll either reaffirm your existing beliefs or admonish you for having beliefs different from those of the filmmakers’.
Besides, these war films are hardly saying anything new about it that we haven’t already heard from every other media outlet, from talking head shows to the blogosphere. We hear so much blah-blah from a self-anointed group of blathering assholes, who wants to pay 10, 11 bucks for the privilege of hearing it from Hollywood? I sure as hell don’t.
Having just endured the steaming pile of shit that was Lions for Lambs (how the fuck that ever got made, let alone attract Hollywood heavyweights like Redford, Cruise and Streep is beyond me), I have faith that someone, somewhere knows how to put the story before the politics. Let’s hope The Hurt Locker gets it.