Wednesday, April 26, 2006

United 93 -Everyone Should See This Film

Last night, I saw a preview of United 93, the film about the only hijacked flight on 9/11 that did not hit its target. There was applause and then stunned silence after the film ended. Some people cried as they left the theatre. And this screening was in Beverly Hills for a group of liberal actors, one of the most skeptical U. S. audiences for ANY film about ANY aspect of 9/11. So you could imagine how working class people on the East Coast or in the Midwest would respond to United 93.

United 93 is a straightforward recreation of the flight, the air traffic control center, and Norad. Only news footage was shown of the Twin Towers. Of course, there's only so much the director could actually glean from transcripts and cell phone records, but the film is startling in its realism.

Director Paul Greengrass made the incomprehensible real. The people on Flight 93 knew that planes hit the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. They knew they were going to die and the plane was going to hit Washington. People need to remember this--not to obsess or become paranoid, but to remember. If it's too "difficult" to remember, then one day when everybody gets too complacent again, an entire city will be gone.

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"Those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it"
George Santayana