Tuesday, January 31, 2006

A& E's 'Flight 93

A& E's 'Flight 93': From Tragedy to Tripe, Nonstop

The movie was truly riveting. The review, brutally honest. I started craving knowing more about what happened on September 11, 2001 in my own city, to some people I knew personally and to thousands of people I didn't know at all. There are the firemen's stories, the stories of the regular, untrained corporate office workers who had been designated as "floor captains" or "fire wardens" who tried, successfully or unsuccessfully, as it were, to get their people out. There are the stories of those in the North Tower, and those in the South Tower: very different stories with very different timelines. There are stories of those who were above the crash-line and those who, luckily, were below.

But I can't imagine anyone making a movie about the Twin Towers without coming up against incredibly harsh criticism. And I wonder why the movie-making focus has been on Flight 93? So MUCH focus on Flight 93, in fact, that there have been two television movies about it, and one theatrical movie in the works. What is it about the doomed flight that makes it appropriate fodder for dramatization, but not so much the other flights and the decimation of buildings and the perishing of their inhabitants?

I don't mean to be on a soapbox here. I really just am not clear on the distinction.



suziecolumbus said...

Well, I didn't see the movie, but here's my take on it. People are riveted by the story of Flight 93 because they imagine themselves behaving similarly in those extreme circumstances. Everyone hopes that they would be brave when faced with an emergency and most people, including me, believe that the ordinary American passengers on Flight 93 fought the terrorists and defeated their plans to crash into the White House or the Capitol Building. So, the story of the passengers on Flight 93 is empowering. On a day of tremendous horror, they were the only ones who fought back. So in a way, they have become our sacred warriors of 9-11.

Anonymous said...

Exactly. Apparently, the passengers on 93 heard what happened in NY and attacked the hijackers. No focus on the other planes because those passengers had no idea what was happening....

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