A true story?Mon, January 9, 2006 - 7:55 AM
The first feature film about the 9/11 events takes on the mythical story of the "passengers who stood up united" of flight 93 of United Airlines. What we know about this flight, which didn't make it to the Capitol, is what authorities wanted us to know. No one really knew what had happened. We were presented a story of passengers attacking hijackers and eventually bringing the airplane down. It is an unproven story, a conclusion based on a few cell phone call records, and yet, this movie will help to manifest the speculation as "the true story" in history of man kind.
I don't think it is wrong to take a fascinating storyplot and transform it into a book or movie. However, by neglecting speculation as the basis of the story, in my eyes, this comes close to straight propaganda. What is the reason for this movie? What is its intent? Number one, stories like this are truely fascinating. We like hero stories, we always did. Number two, it gives you a positive feedback on the events of 9/11, when we all felt helplessly confronted by something we could not change. The story of the "passengers who stood up and did something" provides a psychological aid to comfort our minds with the idea of unification when facing a threat.
The true story though is, as sad as it sounds, America wanted to be united, but in the aftermath it became even more diverted, engaging into a mode of suspicion and contineous incremental loss of freedom.
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