Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Zacarias Moussaoui Has Some Thoughts on the "United 93" Trailer

People keep asking, "is it too soon to make a movie about 9/11?" I think that's the wrong question. The real question is, "will it ever be the right time to make this movie?" I mean, let's be honest, this is a suspense movie. It's not about understanding the motives for the attacks, or putting them into any kind of political or historical context, or tracing the changes within America society since they occured. The whole thing takes place on a plane. It's simply about scaring people, then ultimately entertaining them with a movie whose excesses and contrivances will be forgiven because it's intended to be a story of heroism. I mean, of course the families of the flight 93 passengers support the movie-- it turns all their dead relatives into big-screen heroes. Little Bobby gets turned into John McClane. Hooray! He didn't die in vain! This is about exploiting a horrific, terrifying event in history in order to make money, and whether or not you think that's right doesn't have anything to do with how soon it gets released.

That said, of course I'm gonna see the movie. I mean, Christ, I was supposed to be there.

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