Tuesday, March 20, 2007

9/11 Movies

World Trade Center was my favorite 9/11 movie so far, in contrast to United 93, which took all my will power to watch.  Both movies are full of tragedy but WTC has a happy ending that makes you feel satisfied at the final closure.

I pride myself on my immunity to gory movies, but in United 93, there is just too much evil. The director is so good focusing on what might otherwise be mundane -- filling the planes with fuel, chit-chat among flight attendents talking about plans for next weekend, an elderly woman taking pills before takeoff.  It just left me feeling sick, during and afterwards -- sick with rage, of course, but also just a hopeless sense of frustration.

WTC on the other hand was much easier to watch.  It doesn't feel at all like an Oliver Stone movie -- no conspiracies, no dark and evil personalities -- just normal people caught up in an extraordinary circumstance and glad in the end to be alive.

1 comment:

Reel Fanatic said...

I"m definitely with you on WTC being a superior film to United 93, though I think we are in the minority there ... I was just impressed with how Oliver Stone was able to check his politics at the door and just tell a great story of American heroism .. and though United 93 is a technical wonder of filmmaking, I have to confess that, knowing all too well how it would all end, I had to turn away from the screen at several points at the very end