many bells down

United 93
April 28, 2006, 4:10 pm
Filed under: Movies

United 93.jpgSince the first time I heard United 93, the tale of the courageous passengers who took down one of the flights hijacked on September 11, 2001, was being made, I have pondered whether or not I would go and see the film.  Or whether anyone would go and see it.  Is 9/11 still too fresh in our minds and our hearts?  Is this tragedy something we should even be making movies about?  Some movie theaters actually pulled the trailer because patrons found the imagery disturbing.

The film is begin dubbed a docu-drama, although it is purportedly not concerned so much with the theatrics/dramatics of what happened that day as it is showing the events as they unfolded (and the drama inherent in that) and honoring the sacrifice United 93's passengers made.  It is filmed in real time and uses no Hollywood stars.  Flight controllers and air personnel play themselves. 

United 93 has been getting fantastic reviews – despite the fact that most reviewers admitted that they did not want to see it.  Lisa Schwartzbaum of wrote,

[Writer-director Paul Greengrass] keeps a cataclysmic story scaled to the vulnerable men and women involved. The result is a movie experience that's undeniably agonizing — but also unexpectedly bracing in ways I couldn't have prepared for. … Here's a drama about the most politically charged crisis of our time that grants the dignity of autonomy to every soul involved. [more]

Kurt Loder at MTV. com says, "We know what's going to happen, but now we are right there with them, and we experience their dread and their angry desperation in a direct and harrowing way."  He calls the effect of the entire film "emotionally overwhelming." [more]

Joel Siegel of Good Morning America said in his review that he "can't recommend you see this movie. Only you will know if you can." [more]
James Verniere calls the film "a cathatric work of art. …  a brilliant piece of realistic filmmaking and a tribute to the pluck of ordinary Americans who find themselves facing extraordinarily dire circumstances." [more]

I have no idea if I'll see this film.  Just thinking about it fills me with palpable dread and anxiety.  Seeing as how I cry when I read about it (I am a big cryer) and how I remember every single detail about that day as if it had just happened yesterday (the frantic calls to family members who worked in the financial district, the classmates who lost their loved ones), I'm not sure it's the best thing.  Still, I would like to see it.  I think it's an important film and the right kind film.  It's not Todd Beamer played by Tom Cruise with a glossy orchestral soundtrack and overdramatic dialogue; it's the complete opposite, a realistic look and a tribute to those people who lost their own lives to save others.  Real life heroism is so much more powerful than Hollywood heroism.

I'm interested to hear what you think.  Is it too soon?  Will you go see it?


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I saw it tonight and even did a post on it. Oh god. I didn’t want to see it, but I do reviews for a local weekly paper and that’s the movie I was assigned.

I was crying withing the first five minutes. I’m stilling feeling a bit shocked from watching it. Yes, it is well done, but incredibly painful to watch.

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