“United 93″ Buzz

by Ryan on April 15, 2006

in Culture,Politics

I see a lot of movies. I like movies. I even thought V For Vendetta actually took a swipe at our enemies in the War on Terror despite the best intentions of its writer and directors. Since the Wachowski’s and Alan Moore’s pov on conservatives is so baseless and over the top, it only serves as red meat for those who don’t get it. Those who are just looking for a good time at a dysopic comic book action movie will see a clever rehash of a fictional totalitarian Britain in the 2020s as the left-leaning alarmist Alan Moore viewed the ultmiate legacy of Thatcherism in the early 1980s. Being wrong about history and politics can actually be rather entertaining, especially with Natalie Portman thrown in the mix!

But anyway… There’s a lot of buzz about the new film United 93 which debuts at one of the many film festivals next week before it open wide on Friday, April 28. I’ve heard a number of different points of view on this film and I can’t wait to see it myself. I disagree with those who believe that it’s “too soon” to have wide docudramas about 9/11. My opinion is that culturally we’ve gotten much too complacent about those events, especially in lieu of recent utterings from the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism, Iran. Yet, as a film, it may not do those events justice, or it could be ham-fisted, or it could aggitate by being deliberately macabre. We’ll see.

I’ll post a review the minute I see it!

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Chris April 15, 2006 at 11:25 pm

Like you, Ryan, I am looking forward to seeing this movie…I saw the trailer on the ‘net recently and was entranced. This will be the 1st trip to the movies for me in a while and I think it will be well worth it.

When I look at this movie, I don’t think one bit about politics. I think of that horrible day in our history and those brave Americans on that flight who saved it from targeting the Capitol or White House.

The sad fact is that many not on our side do think of politics as going with this movie. They fear this movie. This movie bursts the liberals’ pre-9/11 bubble and reminds its viewers why we are fighting the War on Terror. The “too soon” crowd is dead wrong, and I actually think the movie is “too late.” If we were constantly reminded these past four and a half years of the events of 9-11-01, there would be no talk of Dems possibly taking back Congress, no “Bush lied, kids died,” no Mother Sheehan and her Texas vigils, no impeachment talks and no obscene disparaging of those in government or the military doing everything they could to keep us safe. This is because our heads would not be in the sand and we would know what is going on with this fight. We would be looking at the world the way we should…from a post 9-11 perspective. It’s like Darrel Worley says in his song:
“You took all the footage off my T.V./Said it’s too disturbin’ for you and me/It’ll just breed anger is what the experts say/If it was up to me I’d show it everyday”

My prediction: this will be one of the biggest movies since “Passion of the Christ,” the media coverage will lead people to the theaters to see it and it will get the Passion treatment (too violent) by the Frank Riches, Roger Eberts and the like. In addition, you may even hear those in the media disparage the makers of this film. I hope I’m wrong about the nastiness of the reviewers but like you say, Ryan, we’ll see.


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