May 09, 2006

Why I will not be seeing United 93

I don't need a movie to remind me how I felt on 9/11. 
I don't need to see it on a screen to feel the pain and the horror of that morning again. 
I don't need actor portrayals to remember the bravery of the men and women who scrificed themselves to crash a plane into a field in Pennsylvania, rather than allow it to be crashed into the Capitol Dome or the White House.

I don't need their sacrifice shoved in my face for the bargain price of $8.50.

It's in my heart.  And I will never forget.

Posted by caltechgirl at May 9, 2006 10:26 AM | TrackBack

Ditto here. It's all still very fresh for me.

Posted by: Marie at May 9, 2006 11:15 AM

How did you read my mind. For the exact same reasons, I won't see it.

Posted by: Greta at May 9, 2006 11:16 AM

Just wait another 30 or 50 years. The then current version of (pick your favorite director) will make his rewrite, to make the movie more acceptable to the future standards, and detracting away from any historical feel or tone we may subscribe to today.

Look at how we do war movies (WW2 or Vietnam) vs movies made 40 and 20 years ago. it's a cycle based on society's mood.

But I won't be seeing the movie either. If it's on TV, I might. But it's not what I'm interested in watching these days.

Posted by: Bill at May 9, 2006 12:29 PM

We saw it today. It was very well done. And though I didn't feel I needed a "reminder" at all, I'm glad I went.

Posted by: Richmond at May 9, 2006 12:51 PM

I share your sentiments, but I am curious about the movie. Not so much as a reminder, but to somehow, connect more deeply.

I haven't decided, to be honest. I am still very torn on this whole issue.

Posted by: Dana at May 10, 2006 10:18 AM

I saw it. I didn't find it particularly depressing. Since several of the real-life air traffic and military people played themselves, it's not completely an actor-portrayal.

Clearly, the intent was to drop you in like a fly on the wall so that you could see how it unfolded pretty much in real time. It was not propagandistic. There was no real attempt to shape the audience's view.

I think it's worth seeing once.

Posted by: WitNit at May 10, 2006 10:25 AM

I'm tempted to go just because I want to support people who make movies like this. On the other hand, I'm pregnant and the last thing I need is something else to give me nightmares. It was bad enough when I was pregnant with my son, freaking out about smallpox and anthrax.

Posted by: silvermine at May 10, 2006 03:28 PM

Thank you for saying it so much better than I ever could have! I agree with all of your reasons and feel the same way. At the same time I understand that some people feel compelled to see it. I guess it's true that everyone grieves differently.

Posted by: Janette at May 12, 2006 04:41 PM

Hey CTG and others. I had similar feelings of not wanting to see "U:93", but went to a matinee showing a couple days ago. It's FANTASTIC. It really is. Yeah, it's hard to watch, but a large part of the film takes place away from the actual flight, i.e. control towers, military defense towers, etc of whom all the characters are trying to figure out what is going on.

I realize some think it is too soon, but once you see it, the film will be appreciated for the story it tells.

Posted by: David Drake at May 13, 2006 03:49 PM

Amen! To me, movies are entertainment - a diversion. I don't want 9/11 to be cheapened in such a way. Not yet. Too fresh. Too soon.

Posted by: Margi at May 15, 2006 11:44 AM