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April 7, 2006

United 93 movie trailer comes under criticism

Filed under: Terrorist Threats & Attacks — by Christian Beckner on April 7, 2006

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.

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Comment by Rogelio Gloria

April 29, 2006 @ 10:10 am

United 93,the movie is shaping what the American public on the EAST Coast sees. I am from the west coast it bring up memories of “DOING MY JOB and DUTY.” I ask myself question why was there no reported 911 on the WEST Coast in the media. Maybe because our armed forces and federal people (special forces) on the west coast did there jobs and “stop it cold.” For our protection, they won’t report because of protection of our families. They have huge military installation, refinieries and HOLLYWOOD. The religious fanatics claim Hollywood the devil agent….

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