Creative Destruction

April 5, 2006

United 93

Filed under: Personal Ramblings,Popular Culture — Brutus @ 11:38 pm

Universal Studios is coming out later this month (April 28) with its movie dramatization of events on United Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001.

United 93

I can't speak for anyone else, but I find this a wholly improper approach to both entertainment and the historical event. There is probably a fair amount of information known only to the Dept. of Homeland Security about whatever happened on that flight. Can the moviemakers possibly know what really happened or it is an Oliver Stone type of revisionist history?

As if the trauma of events that day weren't enough to be etched in our minds, the last thing we need is a glossy, Hollywood movie version with predictable character drama, poignant loss, and depictions of American courage. I suspect that lots of folks will want to see it "out of respect," much like Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ drew many folks into the theater who hadn't seen a film in years.

Naturally, if there is some money to be made, some studio is going to exploit the opportunity. I don't think such a tacky approach to entertainment should be supressed, nor do I think it worthwhile to call for a boycott, but you certainly won't find my butt in the movie theater watching.



  1. last good non-B movie that I liked was Collatoral.

    Ever see it?

    Comment by Adam Gurri — April 6, 2006 @ 12:37 am | Reply

  2. the last thing we need is a glossy, Hollywood movie version with predictable character drama, poignant loss, and depictions of American courage

    Nuts. That’s exactly what we need, and exactly what Hollywood should be giving us, instead of tendentious MEGO-fests like “Syriana”. About freaking time they started producing some worthwhile films.

    Comment by Robert — April 6, 2006 @ 12:57 am | Reply

  3. I’m beginning to discern a pattern. If I say it’s up, Robert says it’s down. If I say it’s white, Robert says it’s black. When the disagreement is honest, I think it’s worthwhile. But it’s getting to be silly that Robert issues a standard denial just to make conflict.

    Comment by Brutus — April 6, 2006 @ 11:24 am | Reply

  4. No, Brutus, we honestly disagree about most things. Write about the importance of individual choice in the market economy, and I’ll post agreement.

    Comment by Robert — April 6, 2006 @ 11:48 am | Reply

  5. Well, I wandered over here from Alas, and found this post. I’m not going to see this movie, fora all the reasons you mentioned and a few more besides. I like my movies to provide an escape, and seeing that day relived again (just like watching the towers fall 5,000 times on the news) just isn’t providing the escape I’m looking for.

    That’s the reason I didn’t see The Passion nor did I see Titanic. Gimme a movie like “Lethal Weapon” or “Ice Age” any day. (Can you tell I have kids?)

    Comment by Mendy — April 10, 2006 @ 6:10 pm | Reply

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