Friday, January 13, 2006
Flight 93: The movie based on the heroes of United Flight 93 is slated for release on April 28. You can check out the trailer here. The trailer doesn't show you a whole lot of the film, instead focusing more on dialogue and sound effects. It has a greater emotional impact than it would if they'd shown clips from the movie. The official movie site is here. At first glance it doesn't appear that the Munich-ish moral equivalency and an attempt to help us understand the terrorists will mar this film. In an interview with director Paul Greengrass, it looks like he's got his head on straight with this movie.
Q: One of the interesting differences between your film and Oliver Stone’s film is that he’s chosen a story with a happy ending. He has the two guys coming out of the rubble at the end. Yours ends tragically.
Greengrass: Listen, I think Flight 93 is an unbelievably inspiring story. You’re talking about exceptional courage. You’re talking about being at the heart of our world today. Thought provoking, yes, but you’re never going to make a story out of 9/11 and turn it into a happy ending truly, are you? Otherwise what are we saying here?
9/11, no matter where you are on the political spectrum, changed our world. It forced us to confront the way our world is going, and it presented us with some hard choices. That’s what a film needs to do, help us understand some of those things, but also of course take us to the heart of the human stories.
Here's hoping that Hollywood finally does something right. If it does, I wouldn't be surprised if this isn't one of the highest-grossing films of the year.