Monday, April 24, 2006

The 9/11 Movie

United 93 opens in theaters this weekend and I have my thoughts about the fact that this movie is coming out, but I need to spend a bit more time sorting them out before I can put them down in a coherent post.

In short, I don't think this movie right now is a good thing. I don't particularly want to see it (certainly not in a theater). And I don't think we as a country are ready for it.

There's a short "Look Inside" video here, and it's compelling. I don't doubt the sincerity of many of the people involved in making this film. I also don't question the desire of many of the families to have the story told. They might be ready for it. they might need it, but that doesn't mean the rest of the country is ready or needs it.

It may have been five years since the events took place, but they are still much to enwined in the politics of today. We are still reminded daily of "the lessons of 9/11" by those who exploit it. I fear that this film will do more towards those ends than actually offering a healing experience. That dishonors those people and their families far more than this film could possibly honor them.

There's a good thread on this over at The Oh Really Factor. Check it out.

More to come from me later.


Mr Furious said...

This post was actually written on Friday, April 28 after reading orf's post at her place. Blogger was giving me a hassle putting up a new post, so I had to paste it in over a draft of the Desert Island Disc thing.

I will fix that when Blogger lets me, unless comments show up here first, in which case I will leave the thread intact.

Just want to be up front about when this was written.

ORF said...

thanks for the shout out, baby!