Trivia / The Hurt Locker

  • Acclaimed Flop: It barely made money, but was among the best reviewed movies of 2009 and won several awards. It has the dubious distinction of being the least-attended film ever to win the Oscar.
  • Critical Dissonance: Film critics praised it as a thoroughly-realistic depiction of the Iraq War. Iraq War veterans found it absurdly unrealistic. Make of that what you will.
  • Dueling Movies: With Avatar, of all things. The media talk of the movies dueling was fueled, in part, by the fact that Kathryn Bigelow is James Cameron's ex-wife. There seemed to be a bit of behind-the-scenes drama going on in the fight to declare one of them Best Picture of 2009. (The Hurt Locker won.) Mostly over who'd grab the most Oscars. All that drama was just speculation, though, and Cameron is on record as praising The Hurt Locker, calling it "this generation's Platoon."
  • Retroactive Recognition: For those who hadn't seen the film before, Hawkeye and Falcon defused bombs.
  • Star-Making Role: For Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie. Both were experienced actors and had major film roles (28 Days Later for Renner; 8 Mile for Mackie, among others), but this was the movie that put them on the A-List.