Friday, April 14, 2006

Ready for Flight 93, The Movie?

While the producers and the director of the the movie Flight 93 apparently obtained unanimous consent from the family members of those aboard hijacked Flight 93, apparently, random theatergoers are just not ready to see the trailer of it.

I have seen the trailer and understand the difficulty in watching it. And those who go to a movie generally do not request to see trailers (unless they are crazy Star Wars fans). So, in that respect, I understand.

But unlike all the other make-believe movies that we supposedly must watch because of their powerful messages, this is a true story of heroes. If there ever was an imperative to watch a movie, this would be it.

And while I understand the desire to pretend like it never happened, and that there aren't people out there trying to randomly kill as many of us as they can, it's worth remembering that as well.

It should at least be somewhat comforting to know that there are still heroes. Not the fake heroes in our books and movies that face exaggerated evils, and whose suffering is art. But real heroes, who faced violent hatred face-to-face and fought back. For us.


At 12:27 AM, Blogger codemorse said...

Well, I'm not ready for it.

Speaking as someone present and accounted for on 9-11, and having watched them topple with my own eyes, I'd say the chances of me forgetting that day are about nil.

I've got no problem with them making this movie. And for the families of the dead, I'd imagine that this will be, perhaps, cathartic and empowering. But it's too soon for me. The act of paying money to eat popcorn and watch this film feels sort-of pornographic to me, and since that feeling is genuine, and not borne out of any sort of hatred for my country, I feel comfortable making a decision not to see it.

Will I see it eventually? Probably. I respect the director enormously, I admire the budget (5 million), and I do think that, at day's end, those people deserve remembrance.

But for now, I think I'd rather not. With memories of breathing dust for days and conversing with soldiers atop tanks still oh-so-very-fresh on my mind, I'm disinclined to place myself emotionally back there in that capacity, and in that setting.

At 8:41 AM, Blogger Jabawacefti said...

Fair enough. I am not really excited to see it in the way that I'd be excited any other good movie. And I'll probably wait as long as I can before seeing it, but at some point...

At 10:51 AM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

Am I ready for it? I dunno. I mean I don't have quite the vivid first hand connection to it that Morse does so that's not going against it for me.

I am interested in seeing what the director does with it. And since this is in some fashion a "war movie" and Hollywood doesn't tend to sit on war movies until after the war is over (and this "war" isn't going to be over any time soon) I'm surprised it has taken this long to come out.

This isn't high on my list to see, but its existence (and the existence of the other 9/11 movie about the Towers) doesn't offend or upset me in any way. It's going to happen sooner or later.


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