Monday, May 9, 2011

The Hurt Locker vs. Facebook

So, just last week, I decided to rewatch The Hurt Locker to sustain my new obsession with the wonderful Jeremy Renner. I quite like the movie...I find it raw, gritty, well-made, sweaty, well performed (Guy Pearce was amazing in that short scene, and Jeremy Renner and Brian Geraghty are HOT)...blah blah blah, you've heard it before. As I do, I went on Facebook to 'like' it. I found this:

All well and good. 427,641 people like it, which is pretty popular.

I kept scrolling down, trying to find some fun 'likes' to do with the movie, and then I found some pretty negative ones. I couldn't help but add my own smartass comments to these useless pages:

Yes. That's why it won Best Picture.

Yeah, neither. But aren't you glad it did win so you heard of it? And by the way, you didn't spell 'until' right.

Best Picture*

First of all, America is a place name therefore it requires a capital letter to begin the word.
Second of all, the Academy are apparently very elite people, so I doubt they are taking drugs. Unless it is some sort of pain killer, which is justifiable.
Third of all, have you ever spared a thought for all the other nominees? In my opinion, An Education, Inglourious Basterds, Up and Up in the Air were far better than either The Hurt Locker and Avatar.
Fourth of all, a movie with blue people isn't generally the kind that wins Best Picture.

Haha, that is witty. But Kanye should have been there when Crash beat Brokeback Mountain in 2006. That was a much more worthy Kanye cause.

And Avatar didn't give you such 'intense motion sickness' from it's overkill of the colour blue.

Let's just pretend that Pearl Harbor doesn't exist.


So all up, 579 people (give or take) feel such negative emotion towards Kathryn Bigelow's masterpiece that they have taken to Facebook to express their anger in an unhealthy way. And everyone I've ever talked to pretty much hate this movie. Which is a shame, because this is so much better than Avatar. While that blue movie may have had all those ground-breaking achievements with technology, you better not forget that The Hurt Locker scored a Best Director Oscar for a woman. For the first time ever. How's that for ground-breaking?

I guess the point of my rant is this: There are a lot of people who hate The Hurt Locker. But these people obviously haven't seen the movie for what it is: a thrilling tale of a man who can't live without war and how people risk their lives for the greater good of the rest of the world. Oh well, it's not my fault that people would rather watch three hours worth of big blue people running around fairyland.

Just for some research, I searched Avatar. On the top of the page:

16,695,589. I guess that's what happens when you're the highest grossing movie on the planet.

Also an effect of being the highest grossing movie ever.

I tried to search for more negative pages towards the movie, but after going through at least 200 pages entitled "Avatar", "AVATAR!!!!" "!!AVATAR!!" or "AVATAR :)" I gave up.

Here's a piece of statistic:
The amount of people who like The Hurt Locker enough to say so online are only 2.5% of the amount who like Avatar.

Simply put, I believe people only hate The Hurt Locker because it beat Avatar. Or 97.5% of the population haven't seen the movie. I tend to go with that one.

I know this is pretty much old news now, but I was just a little bit interested in what Facebook had to say about this great movie.

Oh well, in the meantime, I think this is the best page I found in my search for The Hurt Locker:


*I realize this post went nowhere, sorry about that.


  1. T%his post is great. I like The Hurt Locker, I looove Avatar, and I think the former must have gotten the Best Picture Oscar just because it is a leap and it is ground-breaking. However, I understnad your attitude. In the perfect world, Best Director was still Begelow's and Best Picture went to Avatar. That's what I think.

    And I loved the post, very interesting!

  2. This is a really interesting post, and a keen insight into the world of fandom. It's curious that moviegoers feel so strongly about the films they like (or dislike) that they feel the need to ally themselves with others. It's a more understandable practice with the films one may like, for positive discussion can foster (e.g. "Favourite scene/line/actor" topics or "Recommend me something similar") but it really baffles me when the hate wagon starts rolling. Personally I see little reward in joining the ranks of the hate-filled, and just slating a movie because it didn't entertain in the way one was expecting, but clearly many many people do.

    The one question I'm left with, and would love for your take on it, is: So what is it about cinema that leads audiences to feel such affinity?

  3. *eye roll* Seriously for the Avatar love? Good Lord. And they will possibly be responsible for helping humanity? Eep.

  4. Haha, that is witty. But Kanye should have been there when Crash beat Brokeback Mountain in 2006. That was a much more worthy Kanye cause. - Single handily the best thing that has been used for that Kanye Meme.

    Damn though, there is a lot of hate for The Hurt Locker. Odd film to have picked out of Oscar winners too. Step forward, The King's Speech. WHERE ARE YOUR FACEBOOK HATE PAGES?

  5. I'm one of the few people who like Avatar, but The Hurt Locker is much more groundbreaking and independent.
    Love your post.

  6. Awesome post! I laughed many times. I have not seen all of The Hurt Locker, but Avatar I would rate no higher than 6/10, not at all worthy of even a nomination. The acting wasn't even good by a lot of the cast, and my opinion of Ebert as a critic dropped a tad when I saw he rated it 4/4. The story was terrible, I mean seriously, lets all watch freakish looking blue people with no clothes on for 3 hours while they mate with their tales. Though I must admit, the visuals were outstanding.


    End of story.

  8. Lesya - Thanks! I really like Avatar, don't get me wrong, but I think The Hurt Locker has better structure and all that. Meh, I think Inglourious Basterds should have won Best Picture, in a perfect world. Kathryn Bigelow's work here was brilliant.

    Liam - I find these hate pages completely pointless. I just don't know what would bring people to do that online. I guess what leads people to such affinity is the fact that if something doesn't go the way someone wants it to, they have to unleash their hate online. It isn't cool.

    Anna - I guess Avatar is pretty popular.

    Cherokee - Haha, it's true. Brokeback Mountain was the best.
    I searched The King's Speech, and there were no hate pages. In fact, there weren't a lot of pages for The King's Speech. Odd.

    Lime(tte) - I really like Avatar, don't get me wrong, but it's the kind of movie that I only like once, unlike The Hurt Locker, which gets better everytime I see it. Thanks!

    Matt - Avatar is very overrated. I mean, it's an okay movie, but it's not as great as everyone says it is. The mating with the tales was...odd. I'm glad I made you laugh!

    Rachel - Agreed!


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