Monday Match Ups: Avatar vs. The Hurt Locker

Now that the wish lists have been made, we still have a few months to go before the big show. But so far we know the nominations for the SAG, Critics Choice and Golden Globe Awards, so we have something to work with which leads The Real Reel into our next phase of awards season madness: The Match Ups.

Every Monday from now until the week before the Oscars, The Real Reel will randomly pit two opponents from a selected category against each other.  Today “Avatar” and “The Hurt Locker” were the random selections, so here is the breakdown.

What we know

  • Avatar and The Hurt Locker are both critically acclaimed films
  • Avatar is the fastest film to gross $1 billion dollars and is the 3rd highest grossing film of all time.
  • The Hurt Locker already has numerous awards to its credit, most of them being critic circle awards.
  • Avatar has  changed the face of cinema as we know it.
  • Both films involve war in some way, shape, or form.

The Real REAL

When you match up Avatar vs. The Hurt Locker, the latter will win every time. Let’s face facts, although visually brilliant Avatar as  a whole just doesn’t compare to The Hurt Locker.  For starters,  The Hurt Locker embodies similar elements of Avatar minus all the special effects, and honestly without the effects Avatar would be just another popcorn movie because it’s story isn’t all the way developed. Which it should have been considering the film was almost three hours long. While Avatar’s strength is based on effects, The Hurt Locker’s strength lies in the hands of its performances. There is a reason why The Hurt Locker cast has been nominated and have won as an ensemble, and Avatar has not.

This match goes to “The Hurt Locker”  but I would love for some pundits to give their take on this match-up.


One Response to “Monday Match Ups: Avatar vs. The Hurt Locker”

  1. Yeah, without a doubt I would give this match up to The Hurt Locker. The acting in Avatar just does no compare to the level acting found all throughout the Hurt Locker. By the End of the hurt locker, you feel emotionally connected to all the troops within the special ops unit, a connection not found in Avatar. This is a classic example that proves,money does not make a good movie, acting does.

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