Sunday, April 30, 2006

Distance irony: how far we've come

Watched "Flight 93" on A&E last night. Thousands demonstrated "against the war" in NYC yesterday -- a few miles from Ground Zero.


Blogger Garry Wilmore said...

I watched that same movie on the same channel that same evening. For a TV movie, I thought it was well done, and to me the most moving scene in it was when Todd Beamer and Lisa Jefferson recited the Lord's Prayer together over their telephone hookup.

BTW, I saw "United 93" on the big screen Friday night. In spite of all the grumbling that it was "too soon" to produce a movie about 9/11 and predictions that viewers would stay away from it in droves, I was pleased to see that this showing was in fact well attended. There were a few scattered sobs around the theater at the end, then some scattered applause.

I admit to feeling just twinge of guilt about going to see an R-rated movie, which is something I almost never have done; but in this particular case, I know I would actually have felt more guilt if I had stayed away from it. I believe every American, at least those over the age of about 12, should see this one. It is raw, powerful, and gut-wrenching, and easily the most intense movie I have ever seen. The actors who played the hijackers in this movie were much more believable than the ones who played those roles in the A&E version.

I will have more to say about this in a blog post, perhaps as early as tomorrow. In one way, however, I do like the TV version slightly better. A&E's version shows one of the hijackers getting several good-sized doses of boiling water thrown directly into his face. Come to think of it, even though this was good, and I hope it really happened, maybe the big-screen version really has it better after all. There is no faceful of boiling water there, but the onrushing passengers and crew actually kill one of the hijackers before storming the cockpit. He achieved his goal of martyrdom in the name of Allah, the Beneficient, the Merciful, but on terms set by the likes of Todd Beamer, Mark Bingham, Jeremy Glick, and Tom Burnett. I liked that, and I don't think I will ever get enough of this story, which has fascinated me ever since I first heard of it.

7:03 PM  

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