The trailer for World Trade Center went up this week. You can take a gander at it here. I'm wondering, after watching the trailer, how the movie will continue to be interesting after the two policemen characters, played by Nicholas Cage and Michael Pena, have been buried in WTC rubble. And if 3/4 of the movie take place before the towers fall, than won't the majority of the film just be a big-budget recreation of the terrible events of that day? What's the point of that? Will that be cathartic? Will we be edified by unique insights into the meaning of that day? I kind of doubt it. Oliver Stone, who directed the movie, has said it's not a political film. How do you make a film about that day that's not political in some way? Or better question: why bother?
I think it'll be many years before the pain of that day recedes from the collective unconscious enough so that a clear-eyed retelling of what happened can be made. I don't know. It seems like the filmmakers of these first few 9/11 films (World Trade this August and United93 before it) are all operating in this hyper-politicized atmosphere that seems to demand their films be apolitical. In essence, don't make the film you want to make, make the film you think will offend the fewest number of people. Only a cold, clinical retelling of facts will do. I don't think you get to art that way.
I guess these films that tell the stories of the regular people who were directly and personally confronted with the horrors of that day have their place -- triumph of the human spirit and all of that -- but I'm really feeling that these big-budget Lifetime movies are a waste of celluloid. What does Paul Greengrass (the director of United93) think of what happened that day? What does Oliver Stone think of what happened on that day? What do they think of all that came after? It's like they're just lifting the most gripping sections from the 9/11 Commission Report, sprinkling in some authentic-sounding dialogue, and then filming them for entertainment value. I think the story of September 11th is much broader than what happened with those four airplanes on that Tuesday morning, and to concentrate so doggedly on the planes and the buildings to the exclusion of all else, is disappointing. I'm probably getting into Bob Dole territory here by talking about movies I haven't seen, but I guess that even without seeing the films, just seeing trailers and reading reviews, I can see that these movies aren't the 9/11 movies I want to see. I'm guessing they probably won't be making those for awhile.
Okay. Enough self-righteousness. Have a sweet weekend.