arises over Sept. 11 film
south news editor
The running question noted in last
week’s edition of People magazine addresses “whether
America is ready for Hollywood’s take on 9/11” with
its movie United 93.
The movie, based on the events of Tuesday,
Sep 11, 2001, has released a trailer.
After viewing the trailer, which consists
of a few scenes of the soon-to-premiere movie, some
people have said the timing is too soon and subjects
our scars to the reopening of badly healed wounds.
Are any of the critics of the same populace
who bask in R-rated horror movies and the endless series
of mind numbing, intelligence-sapping, over-stimulating
Of course, critics also include people
who have not seen the trailer, which mostly shows radar
screen blips, voiceovers and an airplane aisle.
If this event had not happened in our history,
this trailer would not even get a note in the most bored
Perhaps, this negative response tells us
the reality of the event is too real. Even prime time
television, which includes the often age inappropriate
audiences, would not air a series on the topic.
Just for the record, what is too soon to
confront one’s own demons?
Some family members of those on the doomed
flight have seen the film and approve its showing although
they said it hurt to watch it. If the victims’ survivors
saw the trailer or film and are all right with
the film or characterization of their loved ones,
does anyone else really matter?
What about not going to see the movie if it bears too much
realism or grief for one’s soul to sustain?
Here is another question for the record. Would the reopening
of a wound that caused the majority of the nation to bond and stand up with
pride to protect their country be a problem?
Wait, did anyone see the television media coverage that day?
The entire populace seemed continuously looped to the atrocity with no censorship.
What about the educational human culture benefits of altruism
this movie boasts?
As always, if people do not approve, they could try walking
to the park or getting an education by reading a book, newspaper or magazine.
They can turn the pages of offensive materials without question instead of
sitting on their ever growing judgmental posteriors while watching movies
or television and sucking up butter-flavored high calorie foods.
The important note here is that Flight 93 is a movie. We’ve
already lived the reality, and the movie is already made.