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There’s still some outrage…

…over the impending release of the film ‘United 93’ (MSNBC.com).

From the article:

Sight unseen, “United 93” has provoked outrage (even though the victims’ families have all given it their seal of approval). Many people will simply decline the invitation to re-experience this nightmare.

What nightmare are they re-experiencing? Watching the television and saying “oh my God, I don’t know anyone on that plane?” Unless your family member died on that plane, please do myself and everyone else a favor and shut the fuck up. Nobody’s buying your concern or anger as genuine, so get off the soapbox and get over yourself. And if it is genuine, then just know that it’s quite unhealthy to co-opt the pain and suffering of others. Go see a psychiatrist, or therapist, and complain to him about the movie. Because I don’t want to hear it, and I’m sick of reading about it.

Can you imagine someone writing this great novel about a loved one who had passed in a tragic accident, reading and approving of it to the point where you anticipate its release, and having some complete stranger say “No, I’m sorry, I don’t want that published because I saw a news story about it once and it upset me.” Wouldn’t you just, you know, punch them in the face and/or laugh at them?

“But that was a dark day not just for them, but all of America!” Great. Now stop trying to block the families of those victims from memorializing the bravery of their loved ones.

More later…

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  1. April 24, 2006 at 3:22 pm

    My issue about the movie is that during the production, some of the material needed to accurately reproduce the event was still considered classified or hadn’t been released to the public yet. I also have some troubles with people making money from national tragedy, especially one so recent. It’s one of the reasons I boycott Darryl Worrley’s “Have You Forgotten”? Well, that and it’s a complete trite piece of crap.

    • April 24, 2006 at 4:01 pm

      Eh, it’s been five years, and as long as the family’s okay with it I can’t really take any great offense at money being made off it. After all, we DO live in a country where that’s done all the time, and certainly worse things have been done over the years with 9/11 used as justification.

      And hey, if it gets the families the $30 million they need for the Memorial Park (which this movie most certainly will), then it won’t be for naught.

  2. April 24, 2006 at 3:58 pm

    *applause*

    It’s worth noting, in light of the above comment, that ten percent of the movie’s proceeds are going towards the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, PA. Yes, it should be a lot more, but it’s disingenuous to suggest that Greengrass’ only motive in making this film was profit.

    (edited from previous comment; I glossed over Kevin’s quoting of the MSNBC article, which mentioned the permission obtained from the family members of those lost on the flight.)

    • April 24, 2006 at 4:02 pm

      Re: *applause*

      It’s also worth noting that Greengrass loves him some historical drama, so I think that’s more of a motivation than anything else.

    • April 24, 2006 at 5:46 pm

      Re: *applause*

      Additionally, in fairness, supposedly it’s only going to be 10% of the gross for the first three days the movie’s out. It really should probably be more than that.

      • April 24, 2006 at 6:59 pm

        Re: *applause*

        It’s nice of them that it’s anything. Considering that no boycott has ever hurt a film, even if they had no permission or input from the families whatsoever this movie would still make about the same amount either way. And hell, the first 3 days will be 60% or more of the total box office take for this film anyhow unless it is an absolutely amazing movie.

      • April 24, 2006 at 8:31 pm

        Re: *applause*

        Agreed.

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