In my recent posts about Nicolas Cage and the controveresial nature of the September 11 films United 93 and World Trade Center I have received some interesting comments worth special attention.
RWA feels that Oliver Stone's film World Trade Center "is important so that our children don't forget."
Tooners says: "I''ll never forget." And I think many would agree.
In another post RWA continues this thought saying: "People need to remember. It's a shame that people are already forgetting." I've heard these thoughts and words before, but I have a few questions...if people are forgetting about the event then maybe the just have alzheimers. But if it's not just the event you want them to remember, what is it? A feeling? Or something else?
KatieG doesn't have a problem with the films being made, but is bothered by some of the attitudes that go with the film. She writes some really great personal thoughts in the comment section of this post where she desribes what it was like as some one who lived 6 blocks from the WTC on the corner of Fulton and Gold Street for the summer of 2001.
I think KatieG says something wonderful when she says: "But should my fellow Americans really need to remember that day, I simply suggest you pick up a newspaper and read about the ongoing battles in Afghanistan, Iraq, now Lebanon...because this is all fallout from the day of 9/11."
I thought it was interesting that Flameskb didn't think the movie was too soon but disrepectful for a very unique reason: "As for the World Trade Centre, I don't think it's too soon, what I do think is that we'll never know the real truth (mainly, who knew what and who didn't stop it if they could and why....), so making a Hollywood tearjerker somehow feels disrespectful to me in that context..."
Jim thinks Stone's film is all about making money and "hoping to get eyeballs in the theatres." Typically, I think I'd agree with Jim, but I think making a movie like this is a huge financial risk, and Stone usually isn't the type of guy to completly sell out and make artless crude comedies. If you want to criticize Stone's intentions it would be that he's rushing a film like World Trade Center so that he can be credited with the first successful telling of the World Trade Center attacks. Thus AWG is going to be disappointed that Oliver Stone doesn't tackle conspiracy theories in this film.
Although Jim, I think Paula as a Canadian would agree with you as she classifies this film as a "flag-waver," something you can "wrap it in a flag, and then the American masses will eat it up as truth." Paula's probably right on this one, this film may not have world wide appeal like The Da Vinci Code or Pirates of the Caribbean. Wasp Jerky, from Illinois agreed with Paula, saying you don't have to be outside of the US to avoid the "flag-waver" films.
Spoke is reactionary towards Americans who forget that there are other struggles that he see's as at least being equally as important for American's to remember, he gives examples of Rwanda, the Republic of the Congo, and Chechnya.
So as Oliver Stone's film World Trade Center opens today some people like Pat and Augustus will vocalize their disdain for the tought of the film, while I believe that in the coming months this film will be viewed as a real success known to make grown men cry.
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