Just watched United 93

posted by Jeff | Tuesday, October 31, 2006, 10:03 PM | comments: 3

I figured it was time to watch United 93. I know there was a lot of debate over whether or not 9/11 films are right or if the intention is pure or whatever. But at the end of the day, it happened, and it's important to tell the stories of that day.

The movie is allegedly fairly accurate as far as the stuff on the ground, while the stuff on the actual flight is at least somewhat fictionalized since we can't know exactly what happened. The families of the victims were all connected with the film, which certainly gave it some legitimacy. In fact, if you watch the special features, a lot of them wanted the film to be made.

The chaos on the ground, at the FAA and the military, is to me the most scary thing about the events of that day. It's amazing that the communication between agencies was so bad.

It's weird how you know how it ends, yet you want so much for the passengers to take back the plane. On one hand you're pissed off that they didn't survive, but on the flip side, you're glad they kept the plane from reaching its destination.

When I look back at that day, I'm proud of who we were, as a nation in those following weeks. But I hate what we've become since. The division, the intolerance or different beliefs, the willingness to accept limitations in our freedom, the blind unquestioning acceptance of everything that comes out of politicians' mouths. I wish we could do better.

The worst thing that happened to me that day is that I would lose my job. I think I got a good deal compared to a lot of people.



November 1, 2006, 3:17 AM #

My gut reaction was the argue your point that "a lot" of people didn't get a good deal. I was only thinking of the family of those that died that day.

Then I remembered all the cops, firefighters, etc. that helped that day and may not be better off today or even here. Then I remembered all the men & women that have and are across the ocean for our country.

It's been one giant snowball.

Back to the important stuff. Should I watch the movie?


November 1, 2006, 3:52 AM #

The snowball is a good way to put it. It's unfortunate that the Iraqi war is tied to 9/11, based on little more than anecdotes and the fact that it's in the same part of the world where terrorists came from.

Should you watch it? Well, I guess that's up to you. It's an interesting story to me.

By the way, there was a graphic novel version of the 9/11 Commission Report that I'd like to check out. It's an interesting treatment of a quasi-historical document.


November 1, 2006, 2:13 PM #

had something to do with 9/11.

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