By jonnyboy 17 Comments
So after all of the "Avatar? Don't you mean Pocahontas? LOL" conversations that flooded the internet after it's release, I have to admit, I thought it pretty amusing and to be honest I can see why people would be drawn to that connection. So yesterday, my wife rents 'The Hurt Locker' after saying things like "6 Oscars can't be wrong" and "she beat her ex, gotta support the girls" (to be honest there may have been more but by this point I had stopped listening) we sit and watch. Anyway about 30 minutes into the film I get that strange feeling that Avatar might not have been the only familiar film at the Oscars this year....
(****MASSIVE FAT SPOILERS COVERED IN JAM WILL PROBABLY FOLLOW******)
OK, lets quickly throw Hurt Locker into some bullet points:
-Young, Scruffy but attractive white newcomer, joins an already established team following the death of their associate.
-He is partnered with the strong, forceful, black veteran of the team. A man who likes to be in control and play by things by the book.
-The newcomer appears to be a lovable rogue, but the team quickly discover that he is in fact a lose cannon, who will break the rules to get the job done, often putting himself and his team in danger. This leads the team to wonder if he may have suicidal tendencies, or whether he is just mentally unhinged.
-The newcomer's unorthodox approach, although effective, leads to internal conflict and the headstrong black veteran is left to consider whether his job is really the correct line of work for him any more.
-However the team are put into jeopardy and realise they must be prepared to work inside and outside of the rules if they are to survive.
So I'll ask you guys them same thing I asked my wife "Why didn't Lethal Weapon win 6 Oscars?"
In case you haven't guessed all of the above was not written to be taken seriously, but I honestly couldn't get Lethal Weapon out of my head while I was watching it. Which in turn lead me to think that there are hundreds of films that mirror other films either directly of indirectly, and drawing comparisons to any film is possible if you try hard enough. So I'll tell you what, I'll just let the internet carry on with the whole "Don't you mean Dances with Wolves? LOL" bitching, and I'll sit here listening to my wife moan about how she should have rented 'The Ugly Truth' instead.