The media has been reporting this week on people’s opposition or queasiness regarding the trailer for the upcoming movie United 93, which tells the story of the hijacked flight on 9/11 that passengers fought to retake , and which crashed in Shanksville, PA. I’ve watched the trailer, and I don’t see what the fuss is about, especially in a society that tolerates so much mindless and cartoonish violence. From everything I’ve read, this movie has taken great pains to portray that day’s events accurately – and we should never wince or flinch from reality, however painful it may be. In fact, I think this movie is exactly what many Americans need to see, to awaken from our complacency on a number of homeland security issues, whether it be the chemical industry hemming and hawing on sensible compromise legislation that gives them most of what they want, or the ACLU opposing sensible aviation security activities.
I remember looking out the window of my Arlington, VA apartment that morning for the “fourth plane” that was headed toward DC, expecting the worst. I’m constantly thankful for the heroic actions of the passengers and crew of that flight, and this movie seems like it will be a respectful tribute to their bravery.
Update (4/10): A good blog post on the same topic.