Monday, April 03, 2006

9/11 Movie Trailer: New Yorkers Say "Too Soon!"

It's too soon for me, too.

What is Hollywood thinking? This seems invasive. Three years after that loss and grief is like yesterday for so many people. In Newsweek's A Dark Day Revisited:

If movie trailers are supposed to cause a reaction, the preview for "United 93" more than succeeds. Featuring no voice-over and no famous actors, it begins with images of a beautiful morning and passengers boarding an airplane. It takes you a minute to realize what the movie's even about. That's when a plane hits the World Trade Center. The effect is visceral. When the trailer played before "Inside Man" last week at the famed Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, audience members began calling out, "Too soon!" In New York City, where 9/11 remains an open wound, the response was even more dramatic. The AMC Loews theater on Manhattan's Upper West Side took the rare step of pulling the trailer from its screens after several complaints. "One lady was crying," says one of the theater's managers, Kevin Adjodha. "She was saying we shouldn't have [played the trailer]. That this was wrong ... I don't think people are ready for this."

Interestingly, the families of the Flight 93 victims/heros gave unanimous approval. That's quite something. No doubt, they want their family remembered and view the movie as a memorial to their courage and heroism. Plus 10% of the profits will go to the Memorial Fund.

Oliver Stone is coming out with a 9/11 movie too. It will star Nick Cage. (That this man continues to get work baffles me.) When I see Oliver Stone's name on anything I can think of one word: EXPLOITATION.

Here's a hint Hollywood: It wouldn't be too soon for an Iraq war movie from the gung-ho perspective of a soldier, I can promise you. No moral goofing around. No idealizing the perspective of the Sunni's who tortured their neighbors for twenty years. No idealizing the perspective of terrorists from Syria and Iran. No soft-selling Al Quada's killing of innocent Muslims. An internal story, maybe. A story of courage. Bravery. Valor. No need to whitewash the military--just show their actions from the perspective of one guy. Blockbuster.

Of course, Hollywood won't do this movie even though they would make gazillions. Why? Because by making gazillions it would prove what they are having a hard time bearing right now--most people are okay with the waging of this war. GW got voted in.....again. Wouldn't want to look like he gets any support from Hollywood. At all. No fear there, folks. We know right where you stand.

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